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Exploring CSS Positioning

Completing the right-column content


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Exploring CSS Positioning

with Candyce Mairs

Video: Completing the right-column content

My web page now has the third column, which I'm referencing as the right ID added onto the page. So, here is my right column, which is actually the third column in my design, and within that right column, I now have three images added. What I want to do is add the text content that's going to go below these images within the content area. So I will go ahead and add the remaining content within the right div. I do have that available down in the text right column file.
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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

Completing the right-column content

My web page now has the third column, which I'm referencing as the right ID added onto the page. So, here is my right column, which is actually the third column in my design, and within that right column, I now have three images added. What I want to do is add the text content that's going to go below these images within the content area. So I will go ahead and add the remaining content within the right div. I do have that available down in the text right column file.

If I open that up, here is the content to go into the right column. So I'll just copy that from the text right column file, move over to my header, and I'm going to place it directly below those images. So I'll paste it down here. And then I can simply select all five lines, hit the Tab key a couple of times, but notice that when I hit the Tab key, it doesn't always perfectly line up. So, there are ways, in the different editors, to get these to line up. It's just as easy for me to do this real quick to get them lined up. I like to try and keep things as neat as possible, within my code view. So when I open these files up later, I can locate the content in the area I need to modify quickly.

My right div is now complete in terms of the content for that particular column. The other thing I want to do is, you can see that these are pretty spread out. There's no reason to have to scroll so much on the page. What I can do instead is just delete these lines. I'm just putting my cursor in and hitting backspace. Now, you can see if the line is pretty long, it pops over to the right, and that is an Editor Detail. I could go ahead and turn on Word Wrap within CoffeeCup, but I think it's much neater to keep it off, so, you can see the exact tags, right in a line, and see what I'm doing.

I will go up, and I have my right div all set up in terms of the HTML piece. The next step would be to go up and start creating the CSS rules for this piece. But right now I'm focusing on just completing the content within the div. I will save this, and take a look at this in the browser. Let's see what the right div looks like with pure HTML assigned. Now here is my header div, here is my menu div.

My left column, and this column will ultimately go up alongside my menu. So I reference that as the left column. And this is the right column. By default, the images line up alongside one another, because they're spaced. And my text is default size Times font, and goes below the images. What you're looking at is our content within the div.

The div is moving that content down into its own space. And this is all default HTML positioning based on our HTML tags. If I want anything different from how it looks now, I need to move into the CSS rules. But that is a right div, complete with content in it's default view based on our HTML tag setup. It's always best to add the content, take a look at how it is by default in HTML. Before you move into adding any type of CSS to the page. It's difficult to know what you need to do in CSS until you see what HTML has done to your content.

So our right column of content is now all set in HTML.

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