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Understanding text form fields


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with James Fritz

Video: Understanding text form fields

Most web pages have a way for users to contact the owner of a website. Sometimes this is simple as posting a phone number or an email address on the site, but often the best way to do this is with a form. Let's take a look at adding some text form fields to our site. We're going to go to the Contact Us page. On this page we have an open area where I want to add a form field. Inside our Widget Library panel, we're going to go underneath Forms and grab Simple Contact. When I click and drag this onto the page, we'll have our form fields added. I'm just going to move this over to the left and line that up so it looks a little nicer.
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Muse?
      1m 4s
  2. 31m 11s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 23s
    3. What's new in the August 2012 update
      7m 15s
    4. What's new in the December 2012 update
      4m 34s
    5. What's new in March 2013 update
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    6. What's new in the June 2013 update
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    7. What's new in the August 2013 update
      2m 45s
    8. What's new in the November 2013 update
      4m 51s
  3. 18m 3s
    1. Understanding print vs. web design
      6m 9s
    2. Understanding web graphics
      3m 24s
    3. Creating web graphics
      6m 13s
    4. Understanding the limits of Muse
      2m 17s
  4. 26m 25s
    1. Working with the different views
      3m 36s
    2. Previewing a site
      3m 0s
    3. A tour of the Muse interface
      3m 11s
    4. Understanding the tools
      4m 7s
    5. Switching between the tools
      2m 46s
    6. Understanding the current selection
      2m 23s
    7. Understanding the hint label
      1m 37s
    8. Zooming and magnifying
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    9. Working with layers
      2m 46s
  5. 11m 31s
    1. Exploring the new site options
      4m 32s
    2. Creating a sitemap
      3m 7s
    3. Setting up master pages
      3m 52s
  6. 26m 32s
    1. Changing page attributes
      3m 3s
    2. Creating a browser fill
      4m 50s
    3. Understanding page guides
      3m 39s
    4. Establishing headers and footers
      4m 18s
    5. Changing site and page properties
      4m 45s
    6. Adding page metadata
      3m 36s
    7. Creating a favicon
      2m 21s
  7. 47m 59s
    1. Importing graphics
      3m 3s
    2. Adding animated GIFs and SWFs
      2m 35s
    3. Adding animations from Adobe Animate
      3m 7s
    4. Working with graphics
      3m 29s
    5. Using an image as a background
      4m 32s
    6. Understanding the Assets panel
      5m 1s
    7. Understanding asset size and resolution
      3m 43s
    8. Roundtrip editing with Photoshop and Fireworks
      4m 52s
    9. Embedding graphics
      3m 31s
    10. Adding alternate text
      2m 59s
    11. Adding downloadable content
      1m 41s
    12. Creating parallax scrolling
      3m 42s
    13. Working with the user library
      3m 39s
    14. Exploring the Muse Exchange
      2m 5s
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    1. Transforming objects
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    2. Locking objects
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    3. Working with groups
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    4. Understanding stacking order
      3m 34s
    5. Using ruler guides
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    6. Using the Align panel
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    7. Aligning and distributing with Smart Guides
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    8. Rounding Corners
      2m 58s
    9. Using effects
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    10. Creating graphic styles
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    11. Wrapping an object around text
      2m 42s
    12. Creating 100 percent width objects
      3m 36s
    13. Pinning an object to the browser
      3m 35s
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    1. Getting text into Muse
      2m 18s
    2. Formatting your text
      4m 33s
    3. Working with web-safe and system fonts
      4m 4s
    4. Working with Typekit fonts
      2m 45s
    5. Create paragraph styles
      3m 15s
    6. Creating character styles
      2m 30s
    7. Setting style export tags
      5m 1s
    8. Understanding minimum height
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    9. Using spell check
      2m 30s
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    1. Creating color swatches
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    1. Creating a hyperlink
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    2. Working with link styles
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    3. Using link anchors
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    1. Using the States panel
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    2. Importing a Photoshop button
      4m 44s
    3. Creating menus
      4m 58s
    4. Modifying menus
      6m 28s
  13. 40m 51s
    1. Understanding widgets
      2m 23s
    2. Building an accordion panel
      4m 50s
    3. Setting up a tabbed panel
      6m 49s
    4. Creating pop-up tooltips
      5m 38s
    5. Creating a thumbnail slideshow
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a lightbox slideshow
      4m 15s
    7. Understanding text form fields
      3m 55s
    8. Creating a simple form
      5m 38s
    9. Working with Social widgets
      3m 11s
  14. 9m 20s
    1. Understanding arbitrary HTML
      3m 24s
    2. Inserting a map
      3m 46s
    3. Embedding videos
      2m 10s
  15. 17m 22s
    1. Exporting your site to HTML
      1m 55s
    2. Uploading your site via FTP
      1m 50s
    3. Publishing your site to Business Catalyst
      2m 26s
    4. Updating your site
      3m 4s
    5. Working with in-browser editing
      5m 31s
    6. Viewing analytics for your site
      2m 36s
  16. 16m 13s
    1. Creating a mobile site
      2m 26s
    2. Adding a tablet site
      3m 52s
    3. Adding a mobile phone site
      5m 33s
    4. Previewing mobile sites
      2m 24s
    5. Linking between alternate layouts
      1m 58s
  17. 1m 23s
    1. Next steps
      1m 23s

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Muse Essential Training
6h 0m Beginner May 07, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2013

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In this course, author James Fritz shows how to create HTML-based websites with Muse—a toolset familiar to anyone who has used Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator. The course covers the design process from start to finish, from setting up web pages and populating them with graphics and text, to creating dynamic menus and adding special features such as widgets, slideshows, animations, embedded video, social media integration, and more. James also explains how to create an alternate layout for display on mobile devices, publish and update your site, and view analytics on web traffic.

Topics include:
  • Creating a sitemap
  • Setting up master pages
  • Working with headers and footers
  • Importing and embedding graphics
  • Scaling, rotating, and aligning page objects
  • Wrapping text around images
  • Working with web-safe and Typekit fonts
  • Creating links
  • Adding menus for navigation
  • Adding animations with Adobe Animate
  • Creating a simple form
  • Inserting an interactive map
  • Adding a Facebook Like button
  • Creating mobile and tablet-accessible sites
  • Exporting the site to HTML
Subjects:
Design Web Web Design
Software:
Muse
Author:
James Fritz

Understanding text form fields

Most web pages have a way for users to contact the owner of a website. Sometimes this is simple as posting a phone number or an email address on the site, but often the best way to do this is with a form. Let's take a look at adding some text form fields to our site. We're going to go to the Contact Us page. On this page we have an open area where I want to add a form field. Inside our Widget Library panel, we're going to go underneath Forms and grab Simple Contact. When I click and drag this onto the page, we'll have our form fields added. I'm just going to move this over to the left and line that up so it looks a little nicer.

Now that we have our form field, let's go into Preview mode and test it out. As we mouse over each of these form fields, you notice there's a Rollover effect. When I click inside, the description will disappear. And I'll enter my name, James Fritz. I'm going to purposely skip the Email address, and then we'll add a brief message, "I like your site!" Now let's click Submit. When you click the Submit button, you're going to receive an alert. This alert is telling us that this form field isn't working.

The reason it isn't working is because we're just in Preview mode, and it hasn't been published yet. For now we're going to dismiss this alert. Next, you'll notice that the Email address is highlighted red. The reason for this is because this is a required field. Since we didn't enter an Email address, it's alerting us to say, "Hey, you forgot to enter your address." And if this was on a real site, the form wouldn't be submitted until you entered an Email address. Now that we can see how this form field works, let's go back to the Design mode and try out some different options.

When you select the form fields, you notice there's an Options widget in the upper right-hand corner. When I click on this, we get a few more options, such as the name of the form, who it's going to be send to, as well as the ability to add additional fields. For now we're going to ignore these options, and we're going to cover these in a later movie. If you want to move or resize any of these fields, you just need to slowly click down until you select that section. So for example, if I want to move the Submit button, I'm just going to slowly click until I have the Submit button selected. Now I can move this to the center.

Or maybe I want to make it larger so it's easier for people to click. If I want to change the name of this, I'll just double-click and change the name from Submit to Submit Form. If I wanted to I could even change the font or the color. If I do this, it's probably a good idea to use a Paragraph Style so I can keep things consistent across my site. Now watch what happens if I change the Width of one of the text fields. I'm going to slowly click until I select Name, and then I'm going to click and drag and just make this a little shorter.

You notice that when I change that Name field, the Email address changed too. The reason this occurs is if I select all the form fields and go into the Options, you'll see at the bottom it says Edit Together. When you have Edit Together checked, if you change the properties of one text field, the other text fields will change too. If you don't want this to happen just uncheck Edit Together. But personally, I find it very useful because it saves a lot of time. Some of the other options we might want to change are the appearance of the Rollover States. So if I select one of these fields, for example, Name, let's go over to the States panel.

You'd notice in the States panel there is various States that can change the appearance depending on what you do. Empty is when you have nothing entered in the field. This is just how it normally looks on the page. Non Empty is when you're entering information into the field, Rollover is as you mouse over or rollover the field, Focus is when you're tabbing into a field, and Error is if there's a problem with the data that's in that field--for example, you forgot to enter your name or an email address. You can change the appearance of any of these at any time, and remember, if you have Edit Together turned on, they'll all change together.

You can format these form fields with any of the attributes that you can apply to regular objects in Muse. It's also a good idea to use Paragraph Styles for the name fields and messages to keep your text consistent.

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Q: This course was updated on 10/01/2012. What changed?
A: Adobe updated Muse several times a year, adding new features and fixing some bugs. We added 7 new movies to highlight these changes, such as working with the Hint label, adding animation with Adobe Animate, formatting objects with rulers and the Align panel, and building web forms. We also updated the movies on working with text and web fonts, as well as the new process for exporting your site to HTML.
Q: This course was updated on 12/11/2012. What changed?
A: Adobe updated Muse several times a year, adding new features and fixing some bugs. With this update, we added 7 new movies on features from the new Widget Gallery to creating mobile and tablet sites with the new dynamic layouts. The author, James Fritz, also recorded a movie that highlights the numerous smaller enhancements and improvements in this release, called "What is new in the December 2012 update?"
Q: This course was updated on 2/26/2012. What changed?
A: We added a new movie that addresses all the new features and interface enhancements included with the March 2013 update to Muse. We also added a new movie specifically on Spell Check, and the author re-recorded a select number of movies (see Setting up master pages, Adding alternate text, and Creating pop-up tooltips).
Q: This course was updated on 6/17/2013. What changed?
A: This update covers the new features and enhancements added to Muse CC. We added 3 brand new movies, Working with layers, Creating parallax scrolling, and Working with in-browser editing, plus an introductory movie explaining all the changes. There's also additional information in the tutorials about working with page metadata and forms.
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