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Exploring CSS Positioning

Browser extensions


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Exploring CSS Positioning

with Candyce Mairs

Video: Browser extensions

We are now going to take a look at Browser Extensions. What they are? And a few that I recommend you install within your browsers. S,o I'm right now on the CMairsCreate website in the Resources area, and I'm going to click on Browsers. Now, what I have on this page is a listing of quite a few features that can be installed as add-ons to your browsers. So, this entire listing on the left here is for Firefox, and the one on the right is for Google Chrome.
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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

Browser extensions

We are now going to take a look at Browser Extensions. What they are? And a few that I recommend you install within your browsers. S,o I'm right now on the CMairsCreate website in the Resources area, and I'm going to click on Browsers. Now, what I have on this page is a listing of quite a few features that can be installed as add-ons to your browsers. So, this entire listing on the left here is for Firefox, and the one on the right is for Google Chrome.

And each one of this is an additional add-on you can install that adds cool features to your browser. Above and beyond, what the browser would normally do. I'll show you one that I already have installed. And then, we're going to install a couple more. I tend to prefer to work in Firefox as my default browser. However, that does not mean that you need to. I just want to show you some extra features you can install within Firefox itself.

And one of them is this bottom left corner down here is called Colorzilla, and it's this one right here I've already installed it. If I click on it, what it does is give me a cross here, and allow me to put that cross here on any color. And if you look down along this Status Bar here, as I do that, you will see that it will show you the exact color where my cursor is located. Once I get to that area and get over the color I want, I can click on it, and it copies it to the clipboard.

So, if I wanted to match something, let's say this pink bubble here, on my website. I can put it into the browser, click on Colorzilla, and it shows me that particular color. Now, I can go right back into Dreamweaver and paste it because it's already copied to my clipboard. A very handy feature. And to get out of it, I just click it again, so you click to turn it on. As you can see, it's on right now and you click to turn it off. That is Colorzilla.

What I'm going to do is install this one here called the Web Developer toolbar. It's also available for the Chrome browser, Google Chrome. Now, you do need to be in the browser when you go to install the extension. So, I need to make sure that I'm in Firefox when I go to install the Firefox extensions. I'm going to click on the Web Developer toolbar. It will take me out to that specific page where I click Add to Firefox.

Now, I simply click Install Now, and it's installed. Now normally, after you install these, you'd click Restart, and you'd have that particular add-on available. I'm going to install one more before I restart Firefox. So, I'll go back to the Browser Resources. The other one I'm going to add that I'll be using in this course is Firebug, a very handy extension for working with JavaScript, and CSS.

So, I'm going to click Add to Firefox, click Install now. And once that's done, I have installed Firebug and Web Developer. So, I'll go ahead and restart Firefox. When Firefox reopens, it will have these features installed. And this is just showing me all the different extensions I have set up. So I can close those up, and what you see right across the top here is the Web Developer toolbar.

So, it gives you all kinds of additional information about your web pages. You can even view the CSS. You can disable things. Quite a few different features available within that toolbar. The Firebug toolbar puts a little bug in the bottom right corner of your browser. If you click that, it opens up the Firebug console down here. And I'll take a look at that later. I just want to get that installed within my browser now. So, I can close up those two tabs, and I'm all set. Now, I like to have a little icon here.

That's a little easier for me to access those particular extensions. So in order to do that, I'm going to right-click just on the right side of Help. Go down to Customize, you can see that toolbar is installed. And if I scroll to the bottom here, each item you install gets a little icon. So, I'm going to click on that little wheel, and drag it up, right up at the top here just to make it easier for me to access those extensions.

So now, I can click on this one to open and close that Web Developer toolbar as needed. I can click on the book to open and close Firebug, a couple of very valuable Firefox extensions. So, feel free to take a look at the different extensions that are available for these two browsers. But that is how you install the Firefox extensions, specifically Firebug and the Web Developer toolbar.

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