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Exploring CSS Positioning

Adding the menu links


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Exploring CSS Positioning

with Candyce Mairs

Video: Adding the menu links

What I'm going to do now, is complete the HTML portion of my page for the menu area, simply by creating links for each one of the words down in the menu region. So, what does my page look like at this point? Well, I have a Header div with an image inside of it. That div has been restricted to 850 pixels wide, because that's what the width of my image is. I've also added a second div on the page for my Navigation menu, and inside that div, I've placed this text.
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  1. 1m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
  2. 33m 20s
    1. Why CSS positioning?
      5m 50s
    2. HTML editors
      3m 18s
    3. Getting set up
      3m 39s
    4. Previewing pages in browsers
      3m 51s
    5. Customizing the HTML editor
      5m 32s
    6. Exploring browser variances
      5m 16s
    7. Browser extensions
      5m 54s
  3. 30m 33s
    1. HTML vs. CSS: Which does what?
      9m 55s
    2. HTML div tags
      4m 57s
    3. CSS properties
      6m 21s
    4. The CSS box model
      9m 20s
  4. 28m 46s
    1. Planning the page layout
      3m 47s
    2. Building the header box
      6m 23s
    3. Positioning with HTML
      3m 36s
    4. Positioning with CSS
      8m 21s
    5. Foreground vs. background content
      6m 39s
  5. 25m 44s
    1. Building the menu box
      5m 7s
    2. Adding the menu links
      4m 58s
    3. Formatting the menu with CSS
      6m 43s
    4. Positioning the menu with CSS
      8m 56s
  6. 21m 42s
    1. Adding the middle column
      6m 29s
    2. Creating a CSS rule for the column
      6m 20s
    3. Adding CSS rules for the column
      8m 53s
  7. 19m 49s
    1. Adding the right column and inserting images
      7m 33s
    2. Completing the right-column content
      4m 18s
    3. Formatting the right column using CSS
      7m 58s
  8. 26m 14s
    1. Understanding the float property
      6m 5s
    2. Applying the floats
      6m 1s
    3. Finishing the floats
      6m 24s
    4. Adding CSS properties to the right column
      7m 44s
  9. 30m 59s
    1. Setting up for background colors
      5m 49s
    2. Adding a footer
      8m 50s
    3. Adding the background colors
      7m 20s
    4. Positioning the footer
      9m 0s
  10. 16m 38s
    1. Comparing the web page to the graphic design
      6m 50s
    2. Adjusting the web page as needed
      4m 25s
    3. Adding the final touches
      5m 23s
  11. 2m 43s
    1. Closing thoughts
      2m 43s

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Exploring CSS Positioning
3h 57m Beginner May 24, 2012

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CSS enables you to control the look and layout of a web page much more precisely than you could with HTML alone, but it can be time-consuming to learn. In this workshop, expert developer Candyce Mairs makes styling a quick and easy process, walking you through the process of adding content to a web page and using CSS to position that content. Candyce explains CSS positioning concepts like the CSS box model, floats, and clears and demonstrates how HTML and CSS work together to create the look of your web page. By speaking the same language as the browser, you can learn to work with the browser to place content accurately and easily.

Topics include:
  • Previewing pages in browsers
  • Customizing the HTML editor
  • HTML vs. CSS: which does what?
  • Building the header area
  • Adding the navigation menu
  • Positioning using a float
  • Adding background colors and images
  • Comparing the web page to the graphic design
Subjects:
Web Web Design video2brain
Software:
CSS
Author:
Candyce Mairs

Adding the menu links

What I'm going to do now, is complete the HTML portion of my page for the menu area, simply by creating links for each one of the words down in the menu region. So, what does my page look like at this point? Well, I have a Header div with an image inside of it. That div has been restricted to 850 pixels wide, because that's what the width of my image is. I've also added a second div on the page for my Navigation menu, and inside that div, I've placed this text.

Now, each one of these will become a hyperlink to that particular area of the website. So I'm going to go down to the Code area, and feel free to use whatever method you want to create this particular code. Since I'm in CoffeeCup, I'll go ahead and use some of the features built-in to CoffeeCup. I'm in the HTML5 area and I'm in the Code tab, within this area, I have the anchor tag.

And what I can do is drag that tag out and simply remove my words within it. Now, within this area I do need a href, so I'll go ahead and do the href and I'm just going to leave that blank for now. And for most of these lengths I'm going to leave this blank, but I know that my homepage will be called index and I'm assuming it's an HTML page. If it's not, I can go ahead and change it later.

So I'll set that up and I'm going to do the exact same thing for the rest of these. Now, it's probably easiest just to copy at this point and I'll just paste this in this area. Now, my anchor does not directly match my image, so let's go ahead and I'll try to do some proper code here. I'll paste that anchor, and now I'm going to delete the index, because I'm not really sure what the page name is going to be. Within this area, I've put in on a new line, and I'm just going to go right down the line, adding these hyperlinks. I'll go ahead and copy and paste the closing tag in. So, use whatever method it is that you want to use in order to work with these. So I'll just copy and paste it in front of each of these, put a closing tag at the end.

And so, I'm just going to do this using a variety of methods, just so you can see it can be done any way you wish. If your interface has a quick and easy way to do this, go ahead and use it. So I'll make this a little more efficient, and my packages will go up here, and my contact us right here. And then I simply need a closing tag. Now, once I do this, I'm going to end up with the default look for a hyperlink, because I only have HTML within this menu, but there is my code. Let me take a look at it in my browser and we can see where we're at. Now, notice, I'm in the royal blue underlined and the purple underlined, which are the two default views for an HTML Hyperlink. Royal blue if I have not visited it yet, purple if I have. And since I don't have a link or a page name in here, these all end up purple. But there is my menu all set up.

I've completed the HTML portion by making these each an individual hyperlink. Once I get the name of the page, I'll go ahead and drop that in this area. So ultimately, our page is going to end up looking like this. Now you can see in Internet Explorer, it gets a slightly different color and none of these show up as a visited link. But what we did was we just converted our words into hyperlinks, so we have finalized the HTML piece.

I want to make them hyperlinks before I move into working in CSS, because the Hyperlink feature, I can change once I get to the CSS piece. I usually don't like underlines on my hyperlinks, because it can interfere with the design. But we can work with that when we get to Adding CSS Properties to our menu. So that is our menu div with its content all set and finalized and ready for the CSS piece.

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