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Dreamweaver CS5: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

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Applying Behaviors

Dreamweaver makes adding behaviors as easy as selecting a tag and choosing an action from a drop-down menu in the Behaviors panel.

The Behaviors Panel

The Behaviors panel is your control center for Dreamweaver’s behaviors (Figure 14-1). On it, you can see behaviors that are applied to a tag, add more behaviors, and edit behaviors that you’ve already applied.

You can open the Behaviors panel three ways:

  • Choose Window→Tag Inspector and click the Behaviors button.

  • Press Shift+F4 to open the Tag Inspector and click the Behaviors button.

  • If the Tag inspector is open, click the Behaviors button.

Note

Dreamweaver includes two types of behaviors, and it’s important not to confuse them. This chapter describes JavaScript programs (that is, behaviors) that run in your visitors’ web browsers—for that reason, they’re called "client-side” programs. Another type of behavior, called server behaviors (they’re listed in the Application panel group), run on your website’s server and let you access information you store in a database on the server. You’ll learn about server-side behaviors in Part Six of this book.

Dreamweaver’s Behaviors panel lists all the behaviors you applied to the currently selected HTML tag. Because the same event can trigger multiple actions, Dreamweaver groups the actions by event. In this example, the onClick event for an <a> tag (a hyperlink) triggers two actions. When a visitor clicks this hyperlink, a page element appears or fades away (the Appear/Fade effect), and a new browser window opens. The order in which the behaviors occur is determined by their order in this panel. For instance, when a visitor clicks the link in this example, she sees the Appear/Fade effect first, and then a browser window opens. To change the order of these events, use the up- and down-pointing arrows. To change the type of event, click the event name and select a different event from the pull-down menu. If different events trigger all the actions, the order in which they appear in this panel is irrelevant, since the event itself determines when the action takes place, not the order of the event in this panel.

Figure 14-1. Dreamweaver’s Behaviors panel lists all the behaviors you applied to the currently selected HTML tag. Because the same event can trigger multiple actions, Dreamweaver groups the actions by event. In this example, the onClick event for an <a> tag (a hyperlink) triggers ...

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