I’m struggling to understand what exactly you are asking so forgive me if I’ve got this wrong.
Freeway allows us to position items in several ways; absolutely, fixed and inline.
The easiest to understand is fixed as you can place an item in a fixed position and it won’t move at all. It just stays put in the same spot on the page.
An absolutely positioned item, on the other hand, will always be positioned in relation to a parent item. So if you insert an HTML item with nothing selected on the page then your new item will become a child of the page (strictly the PageDiv) itself. As the page is aligned and moved the child item will move with it. Most of us are familiar with these absolutely placed items.
The cool stuff happens when you realise that you can make HTML items children of other HTML items. To do this you can either use the site panel (with items showing) to move items together in a nested arrangement or cut the child item to the pasteboard and with the new parent item selected paste it back onto them page. The child can quite happily live outside of the parent’s bounds and as a child it will follow the parent as it moves about the page or resizes. The overflow settings of the parent determines if the children are seen or not (if they aren’t contained within the bounds of the parent object). This in itself is a great way to create a ‘clipping mask’ effect that can reveal content as the parent item is resized.
Lastly items can be added as inline items into a parent container (and HTML item or just the page itself). These can then be floated left or right, centred or have their margin’s adjusted to position them exactly where you want. Double-click inside an HTML Item until you see the flashing i-beam and paste or insert your HTML item into the flow of the box.
Finally don’t forget that you can easily mix and match these layout methods so it is easy enough to add an absolutely positioned item within an inline container or a fixed item in an inline one (should you wish).
I hope this answers your question.
On 6 Jan 2015, at 15:10, Wimdg wrote:
In Freeway I can insert an html item within another, in an inflow construction, but only if there is no cursor within an html item, choosing ‘insert html’ will result in an item which I can make ‘fixed’. So how do I bring the two items together as parent and child?
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