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In this tutorial, we’ll be doing something unique, which will yield some awesome results: We’re going to completely customize and revamp Dreamweaver’s Accordion widget and turn it into an interactive, user-driven image gallery, complete with formatting, and links to other panels in the accordion.
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A few things before we begin. It’s a good idea to define a new site in Dreamweaver for this tutorial. Further, drop all the tutorial files that you’ve downloaded into your newly defined site folder.
Next, create a new blank page and save it in your site folder too. For this tutorial to work properly, your tutorial files and your new page will have to be saved in the same folder. Finally, make sure your new page is open in Dreamweaver.
02. In Dreamweaver, we’ll add some additional panels to the accordion. Make sure the accordion is selected by clicking on its edge (it will highlight in blue); then on the Property inspector, use the Add Panel button to add any additional panels. In this tutorial, we need a total of seven panels. Don’t worry about the panel order, we’ll be renaming them in a moment.
03. At the top of the accordion object, select and delete the text ‘Label 1’, and type in ‘Gallery’. This text appears on what’s called the Panel Tab. Next, select the text on the next Panel Tab down, delete it and type in ‘Robot 1’. Do so with the other panel tabs, naming them ‘Robot 2’, ‘Robot 3’, and so on.
04. Now we’ll create the thumbnail gallery. If the topmost Gallery panel isn’t expanded, bring your cursor over the Gallery Panel Tab’s right corner, then click the eye icon. With the Gallery panel expanded, remove the sample text, then insert a table to hold your thumbnail graphics. Even though CSS is our standard, sometimes a grid of rows and columns is the fastest way to go.
05. In the tutorial sample files, open RequiredCode. rtf and copy the code under the Hyperlinks to Graphic Panels heading. Click in the table’s first cell. Flip to Code View; then paste. This code inserts the first thumbnail, and links to a panel. In Design View; repeat for each table cell, adjusting your code accordingly. In the second cell, adjust the code so that it reads .openPanel(‘robot2’) and
06. Next, we’ll set up the remaining panels, which will hold the larger versions of each robot graphic. Back in RequiredCode.rtf, copy the code under the Hyperlinks Back to Gallery heading. Back in Dreamweaver, expand the Robot 1 panel by clicking on the panel’s eye icon and remove the text content. Next, switch to Code View and paste. Head back to Design View, then repeat these steps for each robot panel, adjusting your code for each. For example, the Robot 2 panel code would read .
07. There’s one final bit of code work we’ll have to do. In RequiredCode.rtf, copy the code under the Constructor heading; then head back into Dreamweaver’s Code View. At the very bottom of the page, you’ll see five lines of code just above the