Repeating regions- Part Two
Author's Site: Webade
Reference ID: 15611
The Repeat Region template option
If your Assets panel is still open right click on the "repeatregion"
template and select "NEW from Template" to create an instance
of the template. If your Assets panel is closed we can use the shortcut
F11 to open it.
You should now have the template instance open in your Dreamweaver
MX workspace, choose File» Save then name your template instance
and select the Save button.
We have four controls, each is self explanatory in appearance but
we will run over them to be clear of the functionality each provides.
The Plus Button
Lets start to explore the options by clicking the plus button,
lets do that now and see what happens. As you can see from the image
below it has added a new row to our table and repeated the content
from the editable region within the repeating region. Click save
to save our work to date.
Now we can change the information in the new table row to suit
our needs, Click next to the text in our new table row and holding
the mouse button down drag it across the text to highlight it, it
should now look like below.
With our text still highlighted we can type our new information
into our second repeat region, it should now look like below.
All OK so far? it is? Great! Save your page and we'll move on to
The Down Turned Arrow
Lets click inside our first repeat region, the one marked "first
in my list". With the cursor safely inside click the down turned
arrow, now that's clever! The information in that row has moved
down, we can see from this action that we now have the ability to
order our content with absolute ease. No more copy 'n' pasting,
the whole operation is controlled from within the template, what
could be easier?
The Up Turned Arrow
I bet you can't guess what this control will do for us....
Lets click inside the row that contains our "First in my list"
text which is of course now the second in the list. Click the up
turned arrow and just as you expected the list has been reorganised,
this time the item has been moved up a row. So we can see that the
ability to order the list is not just restrained to going down but
we can also move repeating regions upwards.
The Minus Button
Conveniently the minus button allows us to delete any content from
anywhere in the list. Lets click inside the "first item in
my list" row again, this time we will click the minus button
to remove the row from our list. We are now left with only the second
row as you can see from the image below, save your page.
Well that completes the repeating region tutorial, wasn't that
hard was it?