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I’m changing the layout of my site and even though my new site will be simpler (I hope) I need to ask two questions.

First question. I want a solid background framing the live area (700 X 700 px) of my page. And I want this background to be in contrast to the live area, say, black background and white live.

I know how to create the (black) background. What’s the best way to create the live white area? Should I create a frame in Photoshop and import it? Or can I just create a graphics box within Freeway and use a white fill? I assume that I should then make that white fill box a layer. Is that correct?

And if that is correct can I then create nav bar rollovers on top of that white layer–my links rollovers–and should each of the components of the nav bar rollovers be a layer?

Final question. I would like all linked pages that are external to my site to open in a new window so that my site remains active in its own tab. How is that accomplished?

Thanks very much.


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Hi Britt

Have a look at the following tutorial and see if that is what you are trying to achieve - or it could be adapted for your use.

http://softpress.com/products/Fun/frameapage.php

As to your second question - that is easy.

When you are linking to pages offsite and the Edit Link dialogue box opens and you have put in the URL of the site you want to link to - then choose “_blank” from the list in the Target drop down list.

All links done in this way will open in a new (blank) window.

David


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On 27 Apr. 2008, 7:53 pm, Britt Leach wrote:

I’m changing the layout of my site and even though my new site will be simpler (I hope) I need to ask two questions.

First question. I want a solid background framing the live area (700 X 700 px) of my page. And I want this background to be in contrast to the live area, say, black background and white live.

Thanks, Dave. I now understand the link to the off-site page.

And I had read that tutorial you recommended for the frame, but I I just wonder if there’s a simpler way. I don’t need a frame with rounded corners, which is what Photoshop would give me for the effect in the tutorial. I just want a white box to cover the dark background, nothing fancy.

Thanks very much.


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On 27 Apr. 2008, 7:53 pm, Britt Leach wrote:

I’m changing the layout of my site and even though my new site will be simpler (I hope) I need to ask two questions.

First question. I want a solid background framing the live area (700 X 700 px) of my page. And I want this background to be in contrast to the live area, say, black background and white live.

Have a look at the following tutorial and see if that is what you are trying to achieve - or it could be adapted for your use.

http://softpress.com/products/Fun/frameapage.php

Dave, I’ve been thinking about this tutorial and your suggestion and I’m certainly going to check with the help desk to see which solution is better for my situation.

Thanks again.

Britt


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I’d recommend using a white HTML layer for your ‘live’ section. Just draw out the box to your dimensions and you can just layer items on top of it or do a box model and go that route. Either way don’t use a graphic white background unless you want to apply shadows or if you’re using Freeway 5 Pro you could apply rounded edges to the HTML container. Less graphics mean a faster loading site and a better read on sizing things up.

Make sure you post a link so we can see what you did.


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Thanks, Mitchell. I’ll use your suggestion and work on it today. I have to undo what I’ve done first–the graphic white layer. All this work won’t go live for a week or so. Thank you. Britt


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Hi Britt

You need _blank

Select link > apple ‘k’ (this brings up the edit hyperlink menu) > click on ‘target’ > select _blank

This will open up that link in a new window.

If you want to control the size of the new window you’ll need an action: ‘link to new window’

Select the text or graphic > item > actions > link to new window > now go to the actions inspector and you can specify the size and other attributes.

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If you want to control the size of the new window you’ll need an action: ‘link to new window’

Select the text or graphic > item > actions > link to new window > now go to the actions inspector and you can specify the size and other attributes.

Hope this helps

Is it important to control the window size? And if so do you have a recommendation as to a window size? Thanks very much. Britt


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What Roger was suggesting is a method to control the new window size if it is important - if for example it was a link to a picture of a particular size (so it doesn’t look lost in a full size browser window).

I think for your purposes ie links to sites other than your own it probably isn’t an isssue.

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I understand. Thanks very much.


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Hi Britt

As David has said it’s not critical, but the new window will overlay your existing window, now this wouldn’t present a problem normally but can the set size can be useful in certain instances.

Have a look here:

Click on a used trailer picture and the pop up window is controlled by the ‘link to new window action’ The viewer can resize it, but it starts off in the top right at 420x400

Hope this helps


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Thank you, good information. Now that I understand more about windows I’d like to return to my original question at the top of this thread and revise it a bit.

My new site is really going to be text-based. I will have a page of photos, but the balance of the site will be text, in columns. I would like to have a surrounding, contrasting background to the live area of the page. And within the live area there will be two or three columns of text, a nav bar at the top and what used to be called a ladder, I think, on one side, with links–but nothing fancy, no rollovers or special effects.

Would you suggest that I design the entire live area using html blocks with different colored backgrounds? I plan to use a white background for the text and colors for the nav bar and ladder. In other words, I want to keep everything as simple as possible so that I can concentrate on the text. Thanks very much for any suggestions. Britt


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