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rdb: 5 Template Tips - How to use HTML and CSS within RedDot CMS - Best practice for RedDot Consultants
|Merging HTML, CSS and RedDot templates
Read how to do it the right way.
This article covers the key factors for successful CSS and HTML integration into your
RedDot CMS Open Text Content Management Server project. This best practice article outlines the major points to pay attention to when implementing your HTML into the CMS.
What you should do when you integrate HTML and CSS into your content class templates
- Don’t target HTML elements directly within the CSS. Always use classes. Specifically with anchor, image and span tags. If you target HTML elements directly this might affect the red dots which will be placed inside the templates because they are anchors, images and spans.
- Always target the ‘first’ item in a collection of items (lists, repeating blocks, …) by using a CSS class. Within the RedDot CMS you can identify the first item in a list using ASP and PreExecute script blocks but not always can you identify the last item. Especially when the amount of items is varying and you cannot utilize RenderTags.
RedDot CMS is a fairly easy to use system when it comes down to templating. I am not saying it’s straight forward or a technological top notch solution. It also is not meant to be an IDE. The good thing to say about the CMS is that the elements are modularized to each single HTML object and can be used in an infinite number of ways. Pay attention to the best practice rules above and think about where your files and references will be used. When using the guidance above the HTML of your project will run smoothly on any platform and publishing target.