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Class Date  Days  Class Times    Cost  
January 15th - January 16th 2
9:00AM - 1:00PM ET    $695 Register
February 6th - February 7th 2
9:00AM - 1:00PM PT    $695 Register
March 6th - March 7th 2
9:00AM - 1:00PM ET    $695 Register
April 10th - April 11th 2
9:00AM - 1:00PM PT    $695 Register
May 8th - May 9th 2
9:00AM - 1:00PM ET    $695 Register
June 4th - June 5th 2
9:00AM - 1:00PM PT    $695 Register
July 23rd - July 24th 2
9:00AM - 1:00PM ET    $695 Register
August 6th - August 7th 2
9:00AM - 1:00PM PT    $695 Register
September 3rd - September 4th 2
9:00AM - 1:00PM ET    $695 Register

CSS beginner class

Course Description:


Who is this course for?
Web professionals who are seeking to provide a more accessible design structure using Cascading Style Sheets.

You should have a working knowledge of HTML.


What you will learn
Upon successful completion of this course you'll be able to; convert an existing page, styling for print, styling a press release, making an input form look good, styling an events calendar, creating an online greeting card, bringing hyperlinks to life, multicolumn layout, how to skin a menu, sneaking out of the box, positioning a better design and fixing your backgrounds.

CSS beginner class
Course Details:

CSS Introduction

  • HTML Structure and Content, CSS Presentation
  • Advantages of CSS
  • Creating and Using Style-Sheets
  • CSS Rules: The Basic Syntax
  • Case, Whitespace and Comments in CSS
  • The CSS Standards
  • The Scope Of CSS
  • Browser Support for CSS

CSS Boxes and CSS Selectors

  • The CSS Box Model
  • CSS and Logical HTML Structure
  • Styling Boxes: Borders, Margins and Padding
  • The IE Box Model and Quirks Mode
  • IE Box Model Workarounds
  • Using IE6 Standards Mode
  • Specifying CSS Distances
  • Problems with Absolute Units: pixels and point sizes
  • Using Proportional Units: em, ex and percentages
  • Formatting Box Edges Differently
  • Shorthand Syntax for Sets of Edges
  • Using Margins and Padding Effectively
  • Collapsing Vertical Margins on Paragraphs
  • Using Negative Margins on Boxes
  • Background Images on CSS Boxes
  • Grouping Elements with HTML Classes
  • Styling Multiple Elements Similarly (Selector Grouping)
  • Block Boxes and Inline Boxes
  • Block Box Behaviour
  • inline Box Behaviour

Text Formatting in CSS

  • Text Formatting
  • Typefaces, Alternatives and Defaults
  • Text Size — a Serious Usability Issue
  • Font Characteristics
  • Setting and Using Space Within Text
  • Formatting Blocks of Text
  • Using Arbitrary Inline Tags:

More CSS Selectors and Selection

  • Using HTML Element IDs in CSS
  • Using CSS Descendant Selectors
  • Descendant Selector Examples
  • Child, Sibling and Pseudo-Class Selectors
  • Why You Need To Know Them
  • Browser Support and CSS Hacks
  • Distinguishing and Setting Link States
  • Link, Visited, Hover, Active, Focus
  • Modularising CSS Style-Sheets
  • Simpler Management, Less Effort, More Control
  • Embedded CSS Styles in HTML Documents
  • How and When to Use Them (Rarely).
  • Distinguishing Print, Screen and other Output Formats
  • Special Issues in CSS for Print

CSS Positioning

  • Choosing the Right CSS
  • Technique for Positioning Blocks
  • The Position Property, Floats, Margins (inc. Negative and Auto), etc
  • Static Positioning and Normal Flow
  • Absolute Positioning Outside Normal Flow
  • Relative Positioning — Not What You May Expect!
  • Fixed Positioning Outside Normal Flow
  • Relative Absolute Positioning
  • Absolutely Positioned Blocks in Relatively Positioned Containers
  • Floating Boxes with the CSS float property
  • Page Layout Using Absolutely Positioned Blocks

More on CSS Page Layout

  • Alternative Methods of CSS Positioning
  • Centring Blocks
  • Styling Lists
  • Redefining the Behaviour of Inline and Block Elements
  • Hiding and Revealing Blocks
  • Table Formatting in CSS
  • Styling Table Cell Borders
  • Page Layout with Table Display Properties

Cascade, Precedence, Specificity and Inheritance in CSS

  • Taking Control: Ensuring that CSS Rules Interact in the Way You Want
  • Combining Styles: Different Types, Origins, Importance, Specificity and Order
  • Examples: Combining Rules
  • Cascading and Cascade Order
  • Resolving Style Conflicts By Origin
  • Resolving Style Conflicts By Importance
  • Resolving Conflict By Selector Specificity
  • Resolving Conflict By Order
  • Non-CSS Presentational Hints
  • Property Inheritance

CSS Layers and Translucency

  • Different Forms of Layered Presentation in CSS
  • Layering with the z-index Property
  • Different Methods for Creating Translucency Effects
  • The CSS3 opacity Property
  • opacity Example
  • Fixed Attachment Backgrounds in Layers
  • background-attachment Example
  • Transparency and Semi-transparency with Alpha-Blended PNG
  • PNG Translucency Example and Sample Code
  • Pseudo-Transparency with JPG Positioned Backgrounds
  • JPG Pseudo Transparency Example

Using CSS in the Real World

  • Deploying CSS
  • CSS Formatting Versus HTML Formatting
  • Achieving a Balance
  • Standard Tags and Semantic Markup
  • Usability
  • Readable Pages
  • Screen Size and Fluid Design
  • Text Size, Including Internet Explorer Quirks
  • Table Layout and CSS Positioning
  • Table Layout and CSS Positioning as Alternatives
  • Combining Table Layout with CSS Positioning
  • CSS Browser Support
  • Testing Websites
  • Using Test Suites and Multiple Browsers
  • Cross-platform Testing in Single-platform Environments
  • CSS Help and Advice
  • Authorative Sources versus Web Myths and Gossip