About Editable Tag Attributes in Templates

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
  • 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 Modify > Templates > Make Attribute Editable.
  3. In the Attribute box, enter a name or select an attribute in the Editable Tag Attributesdialog 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.
    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 setting one of the following options:
    • To enable a user to enter a text value for the attribute, select Text. For example, you can use text with the align attribute; the user can then set the attribute’s value to leftright, or center.
    • To insert a link to an element, such as the file path to an image, select URL. 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.
    • To make the color picker available for selecting a value, select Color.
    • To enable a user to select a true or false value on the page, select True/False.
    • 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), select Number.
  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.

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