Specify editable tag attributes in templates in Dreamweaver. Also, learn how to make an editable tag uneditable.

You can allow a template user to modify specified tag attributes in a document created from a template.

For example, you can set a background color in the template document, yet enable template users to set a different background color for pages they create. Users can update only the attributes you specify as editable.

You can also set multiple editable attributes in a page so that template users can modify the attributes in template-based documents. The following data types are supported: text, Boolean (true/false), color, and URL.

Creating an editable tag attribute inserts a template parameter in the code. An initial value for the attribute is set in the template document; when a template-based document is created, it inherits the parameter. A template user can then edit the parameter in the template-based document.

Note:

If you make the link to a style sheet an editable attribute, then the attributes of the style sheet are no longer available for either viewing or editing in the template file.

  1. In the Document window, select an item you want to set an editable tag attribute for.
  2. Select Tools > Templates > Make Attribute Editable.

    Make attributes editable
    Make attributes editable

  3. In the Attribute box, enter a name or select an attribute in the Editable Tag Attributes dialog box by doing one of the following:
    • If the attribute you want to make editable is listed in the Attribute pop‑up menu, select it.

    • If the attribute you want to make editable isn’t listed in the Attribute pop‑up menu, click Add, and in the dialog box that opens, enter the name of the attribute you want to add, then click OK.

  4. Make sure the Make Attribute Editable option is selected.
  5. In the Label box, enter a unique name for the attribute.

    Note:

    To make it easier to identify a specific editable tag attribute later, use a label that identifies the element and the attribute. For example, you might label an image whose source is editable logoSrc or label the editable background color of a body tag bodyBgcolor.

  6. In the Type menu, select the type of value allowed for this attribute by choosing one of the following options:

    • Text: Select this option to enable a user to enter a text value for the attribute. For example, you can use text with the align attribute; the user can then set the attribute’s value to left, right, or center.

    • URL: Select this option to insert a link to an element, such as the file path to an image. Using this option automatically updates the path used in a link. If the user moves the image to a new folder, the Update Links dialog box appears.

    • Color: Select this option to make the color picker available for selecting a value.

    • True/False: Select this option to enable a user to select a true or false value on the page.

    • Number: Select this option to enable a template user to type a numerical value to update an attribute (for example, to change the height or width values of an image).

  7. The Default Value box displays the value of the selected tag attribute in the template. Enter a new value in this box to set a different initial value for the parameter in the template‑based document.
  8. (Optional) If you want to make changes to another attribute of the selected tag, select the attribute and set the options for that attribute.
  9. Click OK.

Make an editable tag attribute uneditable

A tag previously marked as editable can be marked as uneditable.

  1. In the template document, click the element associated with the editable attribute or use the tag selector to select the tag.
  2. Select Tools > Templates > Make Attribute Editable.

  3. In the Attributes pop‑up menu, select the attribute you want to affect.
  4. Deselect Make Attribute Editable and click OK.
  5. Update documents based on the template.

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