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Creating HTML clickthroughs

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Video: Creating HTML clickthroughs

An HTML click-through is an essential part of any web design project. It can serve many purposes. It can generate interest from the client, create feedback or approvals from the client, and most importantly it can help you find and resolve any potential design or website flow problem before you've coded a single web page. You can find this file in the 07_ Creating_HTML folder. So you can see on screen we have got our sub_surf_gear2.png file open, a completed web page to work with. We're going to take a little bit deeper look into this, but first I am going to switch to a more compact mode here for my workspace, sort of free up a bit of a real estate.

Creating HTML clickthroughs

An HTML click-through is an essential part of any web design project. It can serve many purposes. It can generate interest from the client, create feedback or approvals from the client, and most importantly it can help you find and resolve any potential design or website flow problem before you've coded a single web page. You can find this file in the 07_ Creating_HTML folder. So you can see on screen we have got our sub_surf_gear2.png file open, a completed web page to work with. We're going to take a little bit deeper look into this, but first I am going to switch to a more compact mode here for my workspace, sort of free up a bit of a real estate.

If we take a look over in the Pages panel on the right-hand side, you will see that this design is made up of three main pages, Gear, Videos, and Lifestyle. They all are very different from each other. At the very top we have got something got a master page. Now the master page is really helpful if you have some common elements that you want to share across all the pages in the design. I find it most useful if those elements are going to appear at the top of the designs. So I don't run into any potential overlap issues with subsequent pages. The master page can be very helpful when you are generating new page content as well, because everything on the master page becomes part of any new page you create.

Creating a brand new page is a really simple process. In the Pages panel just go down to the New Page icon. Near the bottom right and just click and you have got a brand new page. Now you notice that page has all the elements that the master page currently has for itself. Now I am going scroll down my Pages panel a bit. I am going to drag that page down to the bottom of the stack, and you will notice something else is going on here. As I move the order of these pages around, they get renumbered automatically, which is handy. So I am just going to double-click on the page name and give it a new name.

I'm going to call it surfers. There we go. So I got a brand new page that's ready to roll. Now there is not a lot of content in it right now. We can add elements to it fairly easily. Let's bring in an image. I am going to go to File > Import. And there is a shot there. I am going to grab that and click Open. Now I have chosen Import. What that allows me to do is one of two things. Once I have selected the image I can either click on the canvas and the image will be brought in at its full size or I can click and drag to bring in the image at the size I prefer. In this case here I am just going to click once. You will see the image gets dropped in just right where we want it. Pretty easy process there.

Now I am going to add in some text. Now text can be brought in a bunch of different ways as well. If you have text from the client, you can copy and paste it from the original text file. You can key it in yourself or if you don't have any copy yet, one really handy feature in the Commands menu, if we go to the Text submenu here is Lorem ipsum. So I can click on that and right away Fireworks generates a single paragraph of text. I can go inside of that paragraph, select it. You can copy and paste anything within Fireworks by pressing Ctrl+C on the PC or Command+C on the Mac and then pasting it back in by pressing Ctrl+V on the PC or Command+V on Mac.

So it's really easy to bring in placement text if you need it. The text box itself is also configurable, so I can go into any one of the control handles here. I can make that text box a little wider and I can just keep going from there. So building in the page is a pretty straightforward process. I will grab my Pointer tool one more time to just line those two elements up with Smart Guides. There we go. So I have dropped in a couple of different elements very quickly and I can keep going. I can add an additional image and text if I want to. I am going to hop back over to our Gear page though, because we are going to take a look at another component here. That's about making these pages interactive. I mean the whole idea behind the click-through is that you can click through it. So first of all I am going to activate my web elements. I am going to go over to my toolbar and I'm going to choose my Show Slices And Hotspots tool.

When I do that you will see most of the images here. I have got slices over them, those light green boxes. So we can chop up the individual pieces later on. And I have got a couple of light blue boxes up near the top that are my hotspots. And this is what we are going to concentrate on at the moment is putting in another hotspot. So we can create a link from 'videos' word to the Videos webpage. So I will go over to my Hotspot tool over in the Tools panel in the Web area. Just select that and come back over to where I see the word 'videos.' I am just going to drag a box over that word. Now that's my hotspot.

Now I am going to hop into my Layers panel here because I want to point another really important element to working with this interactive prototype. We want to have the links available in all the pages, so I can click back and forth from page to page to page. Now if we take a look in our lLayers panel here, I have just expanded down my web layer, I will see a sublayer in here called main_nav. That's got the two other hotspots for Gear and for Lifestyle. My other hotspot got dropped into the main web layer. So I am going to click and drag that into my main_nav area. The reason for this is is this is a shared web layer. So I am going to be able to share these three hotspots across all the pages that I decide to create which comes in really, really handy, because I only have to make changes to a link once and it gets propagated across all the pages.

Okay, so I have drawn my hotspot. I grab my Pointer tool here with the hotspot still selected. I am going to click on the dropdown menu for the Link box in the Properties panel and I am going to choose videos.htm. So now I've got a link that's going to go right to the Videos page. I am going to save this. Now I have got a couple of different options at this point. I can preview the design by going to File > Preview In Browser and choose to preview all pages. In my case though what I would like to do is export the whole thing out.

Let's go full tilt here and just see what we get. So I am going to choose Export and the option I want is HTML And Images. This is going to create a table-based layer complete with all of our images or our hyperlinks and so on. We want to make sure I export out the HTML files themselves. I want to control slices, I can export those out as well. I also want to make sure that I export out all the pages. So I want to uncheck the Current Page Only option. So every single page in the design gets exported out.

The last thing I can do is check the Options panel here. I can decide whether I want to set the Page Alignment here to Center, Left or Right. Now I am going to leave it at Center. Click OK, double-check everything here. It all looks good and I am going to click Save. It will take a second or two for export. Now let's take a look at it in Firefox. So here are inside of Firefox. I am going to take a look a through our navigation elements here. We are in the Gear section as we saw before. Click on Lifestyle, there is our Lifestyle page.

Click on Videos, there is our Videos page and a little treat, if I move my mouse down over one of these little thumbnails here, you will notice I get a little mouse-over effect. I added that in the second state in that page earlier on. So here we got a clickable prototype. Remember that this is just a prototype; it's not the finished website. Everything is made up of graphics. If I scroll through here, try to select some text, it's not going to happen because it's all graphic-based. But that's not the point. The point here is that you are producing something the client can experience, they can make comments on and you can basically debug any potential upcoming problems before you have to go into the coding stage.

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