On Sep 7, 2010, at 4:32 PM, claude wrote:
Good point Walter and tx for your quick answer. I managed to find
the Styles palette from the inspector-Size and Colours dialog. It
shows a selectable list of tag names like this:
[no style] /
From the h-tags, h1 is the only tag I can apply on selected text
(double clicking a line). Nothing happens if I try to click h2 or
h3, even if I try to click on [no style] first. What I did was
editing the style so that it would actually change to bold and
decrease the font. That part seems to work, but…
Try triple-clicking a line. Double-clicking doesn’t get the invisible
“Paragraph” character at the end of the line, and until you select
that, you haven’t got the entire line and the H tags don’t apply.
Selecting a whole paragraph and clicking on “p” pops up an error:
“this style cannot be applied to text”, huh?
The p tag in the list is automatically applied to any text that
doesn’t have another style applied to it already. It’s a sort of page
default, so you can’t apply it to anything, only edit it and see the
result cascade across your page. Counter-intuitively, the way to apply
it is to select the text and click [no style] to take it back to
I tried to edit the “p” style but again, I got lost. My accordion is
still not working…
Did I do something wrong?
Almost certainly not. But you are probably over-thinking this
somewhat. This particular Action is designed to “ski the fall line” of
one particular use-case, and not require much if any configuration in
order to work.
Try drawing a new HTML box on the page, double-click into it to get a
text cursor, and type six lines of text, separated by a single return
Then triple-click each of the “Header…” lines and apply the h2 or h3
style using the palette. Don’t worry at all about what it looks like
(initially), just get the success of making the effect work for a
Finally, click on the pasteboard somewhere, then single-click on your
HTML box to select it, and apply the Action to it. Check that the
headers and bodies are set the same tags as you used, and preview.
You should see the first paragraph open and all the others closed, and
when you click on another header, the animation should fire. Once you
have it working, you can style it up to look fabulous. That part is
simple, because all you need to do is style up one of the headers,
then convert the temporary style Freeway makes into a new permanent H*
style. Triple click each of your headers, click [no style] then click
your new fancy style. Done and done, as the kids say.
One comment: Learning to use the FW actions is indeed very slow and
frustrating all together.
That’s valuable feedback. I’ve been writing and using them for nearly
20 years, so it’s often hard for me to see the forest for the trees.
But compared with writing all the code long-hand in a text editor,
Actions are often a rocket-sled of productivity once you crack the
initial learning curve.
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