Chapter 19

Making Data Dynamic

In This Chapter

  • Integrating text from a data source
  • Dreamweaver Technique: Adding Dynamic Data
  • Formatting dynamic text
  • Inserting graphics dynamically
  • Dreamweaver Technique: Making Dynamic Images
  • Working with Flash dynamically

By the time a visitor sees an active web page in his or her browser, its data should blend seamlessly into the rest of the page. As with a well-crafted form letter, the reader shouldn’t be able to tell where the basic structure starts and the dynamically generated data begins. Much of the work in Dreamweaver consists of properly placing and formatting data into a page layout.

You’re not limited to dynamically integrating basic text into your web applications with Dreamweaver. After text is included, you can format its look and feel on both the client-and the server-sides. Additionally, you can include images, form elements such as checkboxes, drop-down lists, and even multimedia elements such as Flash movies on the fly. Finally, Dreamweaver permits almost any HTML attribute to be dynamically altered. This chapter explores all the fundamentals necessary for integrating dynamic data into your web page.

Working with Dynamic Text

The Bindings panel is the key tool for accessing dynamic text. With a recordset expanded, any or all of the available fields within it are ready to be placed on the page. Moreover, after a field is inserted into the page and selected, the Bindings panel reflects its current data format.

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