Creating an Q&A page on my site

Hi,

I’m new to FW and I’ve just gotten hold of FW5Pro. So far, using it has been great and I’ve been able to find all my answers here or in the softpress help pages.

Now I’ve hit a block and I need some help.

I need to create a Questions & Answers page on my website whereby I can post Questions (which the public post) and my Answers in a chronological order (older Q&As get pushed down).

As this Q&A page grows, I’d obviously either have to have to expand it to page 2, 3, 4, etc…how can I do that without moving the rest of my website template? Should I be adding some sort of frame function?

Thanks much!


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On Jan 13, 2009, at 5:33 AM, tquah wrote:

I need to create a Questions & Answers page on my website whereby I
can post Questions (which the public post) and my Answers in a
chronological order (older Q&As get pushed down).

Well, the easiest way to get started on this would be to use WebYep or
another “minimalist” CMS (Content Management System) to store the
actual questions and answers, that way your Freeway document won’t
need to change when you add more of them.

As this Q&A page grows, I’d obviously either have to have to expand
it to page 2, 3, 4, etc…how can I do that without moving the rest
of my website template? Should I be adding some sort of frame
function?

I don’t know if WY can do pagination. You might want to use WY in
conjunction with an accordion structure, so that the questions and
answers are all on one page, but only the questions show at one time.
If you use my ScriptyAccordion Action[1] then there won’t be anything
too odd to do within WY in order to make the structure turn out the
way you need it to. Not sure how you integrate WY with the MooTools
Accordion[2], but I’m sure someone else will pipe up about that.

Walter

  1. http://actionsforge.com/actions/view/110-scriptyaccordion
  2. http://actionsforge.com/actions/view/89-mooaccordion

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thanks walter! i’ll take a look at those suggestions.


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i’m a noob…such a noob…so help me pls?

i like the transition effect used in softpress.com’s faq so i’ve downloaded scriptaculous…where am i supposed to install it??? what website library?

pretty please?


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When you say Scriptaculous, do you mean the Protaculous Action?

If so, un-zip the downloaded file. You should see a new file with a Freeway Action icon (3D gear). Double click it to install in Freeway.

Back to your layout, draw an HTML box for your accordion to live in. Apply the ScriptyAccordion Action to that box. Enter your headings and copy blocks as directed in the instructions on ActionsForge. Don’t forget to remove the height from the outer block, as it will make things look neater.

Walter


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Yes, that’s what I mean. There are no FW icons in the folder, that’s why I’m stuck. I downloaded it via the Softpress link to http://script.aculo.us/ and the file I downloaded is scriptaculous-js-1.8.2.zip

Am I required to go into some scripting here?

In any case, I’ve also just bought mootools, but would still like to be able to install the one i downloaded.

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Oh, you went straight for the main line, I’m afraid. The
scriptaculous.js file is just the raw JavaScript, it’s something only
a coder could love. Have a look at ActionsForge for the Protaculous
Actions. The one I referenced was the ScriptyAccordion.

Walter

  1. http://www.actionsforge.com/actions/view/110-scriptyaccordion

On Jan 15, 2009, at 9:57 PM, tquah wrote:

Yes, that’s what I mean. There are no FW icons in the folder, that’s
why I’m stuck. I downloaded it via the Softpress link to http://script.aculo.us/
and the file I downloaded is scriptaculous-js-1.8.2.zip

Am I required to go into some scripting here?

In any case, I’ve also just bought mootools, but would still like to
be able to install the one i downloaded.

thanks.


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oh…d’uh!

hahahaha…thx walter…i was breaking out in cold sweat for a moment :slight_smile:


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hello again :slight_smile:

i’ve finally managed to figure out how to make the accordion work for my Q&A page. After filling it all up, I realised I need a header intro for the Q&A. I tried to select the whole container to move it downwards but I can’t seem to move it. Transform function is greyed out as well. How can I shift my whole chunk downwards?

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First, if you don’t have View / Outlines turned on, do so. If that
doesn’t make it easier to move things on the page, there’s two tricks
I can offer. One is to hover the cursor over any edge of the block and
watch the cursor carefully. When it turns into a hollow-headed arrow,
you may click to select the block. All four corners and all four sides
will get a large square “handle” for resizing. At this point, clicking
and dragging will move the box. The other is to click next to the box,
then drag a selection rectangle around a side or corner of the block
you’re trying to move. The selection handles will light up to show if
you’ve succeeded.

Now it also occurs to me that you might have inserted an inline block,
and applied the Action to it (which works fine, nothing wrong with
that). If you are trying to move an inline element, you’ll see that
it’s odd at best. If you click on the inline and start to drag, you
will see a flashing text cursor jumping around in the parent item’s
text flow. This represents where the inline box will appear when you
release the mouse. Inline HTML elements behave as though they were a
single rather large character of text floating within other text
characters. So if you want to add a header above your accordion in
that construction, just double-click anywhere within the parent box so
you see a flashing text cursor, then use the arrow keys to get your
insertion point before the inline box and enter a couple of Returns so
you can see where you are. Just add text at that point, clean up the
spacing, and you should be good.

Walter

On Jan 17, 2009, at 10:47 AM, tquah wrote:

I tried to select the whole container to move it downwards but I
can’t seem to move it.


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Hi Walter…

Thanks for the detailed answer, but due to my own stupidity I still can’t figure out how to move the whole chunk of about 20 Q&As down. I do have view/outlines turned on. I’m not sure what you mean by inline block. I’ve basically followed the moo: accordion tutorial, does that form an inline block? If I double click inside the html box, I end up in the first (header) box of my first question.

Thanks much for your patience.


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With the enclosing item selected on the page you can quite simply type new positioning info into the inspector Dimensions palette.

Ie if existing position is 20px from the top then change that figure to what you want and then hit Enter to move the enclosing container to the new position,

David


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oh…that was simple haha…thanks david :-*


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