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By now you’ve learned how to use Dreamweaver templates and template elements to control meta data tags; convert an existing disjointed submenu system that stays compliant with current specs to control aspects of the submenu elements; validate the template for Accessibility, XHTML, and CSS; and create the site pages with Contribute by using the proper method of creating a new page from the template.

Here are some ideas on how to apply the skills you’ve learned or use the project you’ve completed in other ways:

  • Limit the Contribute and Dreamweaver editor to five submenu elements. Once exceeded, display a warning message in a layer without using JavaScript! Hint: This should only require the addition of an optional region, one expression, one layer with its content, and a small addition to the CSS file!

  • Using a template parameter, a template expression, and customized CSS files, change the colors of each sectional group of pages.

  • Convert the main menu system from fixed to expandable, editable, accessible, and breadcrumb friendly. Hint: This should only require the addition of one parameter to the template and several expressions!

  • Add an instructional layer to the page to show by default when the Contribute user is adding a new page. Hint: This should be an optional region.

Note

For additional methods of making a template navigational element a breadcrumb marker, read Project 3, “Managing Navigation Button States in Template-Controlled Sites.”

If you need additional help with Dreamweaver MX templates, check out www.dwmagic.com/go/11 for more extensions and tutorials.


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