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CSS: Core Concepts
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CSS: Core Concepts

with James Williamson

Video: CSS authoring tools

Authoring CSS requires little more than a text editor. Style sheets are really nothing more than text files with a .css extension, so almost any text-editing tool will suffice. However, coding HTML and CSS can be time consuming, and syntax errors can be pretty hard to catch on your own. At a minimum, you're going to want to have a code-editing tool that has line numbers, code-formatting options, syntax highlighting, and good support for the languages that you're going to be authoring. If you're already authoring HTML, chances are you won't need to change tools.
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  1. 4m 57s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 2s
  2. 1h 7m
    1. Exploring default styling
      4m 56s
    2. CSS authoring tools
      2m 29s
    3. CSS syntax
      4m 45s
    4. Writing a selector
      4m 10s
    5. Setting properties
      8m 40s
    6. Common units of measurement
      7m 47s
    7. Inline styles
      5m 1s
    8. Embedded styles
      5m 19s
    9. Using external style sheets
      10m 34s
    10. Checking for browser support
      8m 48s
    11. Dealing with browser inconsistencies
      5m 30s
  3. 2h 15m
    1. Structuring HTML correctly
      2m 51s
    2. Element selectors
      4m 52s
    3. Class selectors
      6m 4s
    4. ID selectors
      3m 27s
    5. Using classes and IDs
      10m 7s
    6. Element-specific selectors
      4m 35s
    7. The universal selector
      5m 42s
    8. Grouping selectors
      4m 49s
    9. Descendent selectors
      7m 32s
    10. Child selectors
      5m 7s
    11. Adjacent selectors
      5m 30s
    12. Attribute selectors
      12m 43s
    13. Pseudo-class selectors
      3m 54s
    14. Dynamic pseudo-class selectors
      8m 29s
    15. Structural pseudo-class selectors
      6m 45s
    16. Nth-child selectors
      13m 10s
    17. Pseudo-element selectors
      12m 40s
    18. Targeting page content: Lab
      8m 56s
    19. Targeting page content: Solution
      7m 59s
  4. 42m 39s
    1. What happens when styles conflict?
      4m 0s
    2. Understanding the cascade
      5m 47s
    3. Using inheritance
      6m 11s
    4. Selector specificity
      6m 55s
    5. The !important declaration
      4m 5s
    6. Reducing conflicts through planning
      3m 33s
    7. Resolving conflicts: Lab
      6m 45s
    8. Resolving conflicts: Solution
      5m 23s
  5. 1h 47m
    1. Setting a font family
      7m 10s
    2. Using @font-face
      9m 18s
    3. Setting font size
      7m 35s
    4. Font style and font weight
      6m 52s
    5. Transforming text
      3m 58s
    6. Using text variants
      2m 49s
    7. Text decoration options
      4m 26s
    8. Setting text color
      3m 2s
    9. Writing font shorthand notation
      8m 49s
    10. Controlling text alignment
      6m 33s
    11. Letter and word spacing
      9m 11s
    12. Indenting text
      4m 30s
    13. Adjusting paragraph line height
      10m 30s
    14. Controlling the space between elements
      6m 41s
    15. Basic text formatting: Lab
      8m 45s
    16. Basic text formatting: Solution
      7m 14s
  6. 2h 1m
    1. Understanding the box model
      16m 53s
    2. Controlling element spacing
      14m 29s
    3. Controlling interior spacing
      10m 49s
    4. Margin and padding shorthand notation
      6m 27s
    5. Adding borders
      8m 57s
    6. Defining element size
      10m 7s
    7. Creating rounded corners
      6m 58s
    8. Background properties
      2m 51s
    9. Using background images
      5m 10s
    10. Controlling image positioning
      10m 25s
    11. Using multiple backgrounds
      7m 5s
    12. Background shorthand notation
      5m 25s
    13. Styling container elements: Lab
      7m 55s
    14. Styling container elements: Solution
      8m 17s
  7. 47m 51s
    1. Color keyword definitions
      5m 4s
    2. Understanding hexadecimal notation
      6m 5s
    3. Using RGB values
      4m 58s
    4. Using HSL values
      5m 17s
    5. Working with opacity
      2m 23s
    6. Using RGBa and HSLa
      3m 8s
    7. Styling drop shadows
      5m 38s
    8. CSS gradients
      6m 32s
    9. Working with color: Lab
      4m 26s
    10. Working with color: Solution
      4m 20s
  8. 1m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 58s

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CSS: Core Concepts
8h 49m Beginner Nov 22, 2011

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In this hands-on course, James Williamson demonstrates the concepts that form the foundation of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), including styling text, adding margins and padding, and controlling how images display. The course also explores the tools needed to work with CSS, the differences between embedded and external styles, how to use selectors to target elements, and what to do when styles conflict.

Topics include:
  • Exploring default styling
  • Writing a selector
  • Setting properties
  • Working with common units of measurement, including ems and pixels
  • Structuring HTML correctly
  • Understanding the cascade and inheritance
  • Setting a font family, font size, text color, and more
  • Understanding the box model
  • Styling container elements
  • Working with RGB vs. HSL values
  • Styling drop shadows
Subject:
Web
Software:
CSS
Author:
James Williamson

CSS authoring tools

Authoring CSS requires little more than a text editor. Style sheets are really nothing more than text files with a .css extension, so almost any text-editing tool will suffice. However, coding HTML and CSS can be time consuming, and syntax errors can be pretty hard to catch on your own. At a minimum, you're going to want to have a code-editing tool that has line numbers, code-formatting options, syntax highlighting, and good support for the languages that you're going to be authoring. If you're already authoring HTML, chances are you won't need to change tools.

Almost every HTML editor on the market also features strong support for CSS, so if you are already using a tool like Coda, BBEdit, Dreamweaver, or CoffeeCup's HTML editor, you don't need to change. On the other hand, if you're new to web development and have not picked a tool yet, I recommend trying out several different types of authoring tools before settling on a favorite. My Web Design Fundamentals and CSS Fundamentals Courses both have movies that give you an overview of a wide range of HTML and CSS editors.

Try downloading trial versions of a few of them and experiment with a variety of workflows and feature sets and you're bound to find one that fits your personal preferences. For this course, I'll be using Aptana Studio. It's free, it's cross-platform, and it has robust built-in CSS support. I'm also using Aptana because I want the focus of this course to be on the CSS code itself, not on the tools designed create it. There are some fantastic tools out there that will help you create CSS visually or even they help generate the code for you.

Those tools are great, but if you don't understand the underlying code that they're creating, you'll never really fully understand how styles work. So if you want to use a tool other than Aptana for this course, feel free. We'll be hand-coding all of our examples, so any tool that supports writing CSS by hand is going to work just fine. Now if you want to use Aptana, you can download and install it from www.aptana.com. And if you want your workspace to resemble mine, simply watch the "How to use the exercise files" movie in the introductory chapter of this title, and I go over pretty much how I'm going to set the program up for my use.

More than anything else, just be sure that the editing environment that you choose allows you to create clean, standards-compliant code. After that, it's just a matter of picking the tool that has the right set of features for the way that you like to work.

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