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Complex styling for print

From: CSS Web Site Design

Video: Complex styling for print

At this point in our print styling, we've reached the place were we need to deal with the tea of the day section of our design. The reason we need to deal with it a little differently is that the tea of the day is really like an aside, it's not directly related to The Legendary Origins of Tea, certainly they're both about tea, but the origins of tea and the tea of the day, are kind of the past and present kind of a thing, at least on the day that you print out the document. We'd like to visually distinguish the two. We'd like to take the tea of the day and set it apart visually even when printing out, so that we can draw that distinction from a sort of a design standpoint. So what I'm going to do is say, that for the tea of the day div, we'll deal with the idea of tea of the day, a 3px double border, some center aligned text and a little bit of padding to push the text inside the div, away from that three pixel double border and if we hit Reload, we can see that that started. Ok, well, that's the visual distinction, that's taken up an awful lot of space though, just for, you know, the tee of the day.

Complex styling for print

At this point in our print styling, we've reached the place were we need to deal with the tea of the day section of our design. The reason we need to deal with it a little differently is that the tea of the day is really like an aside, it's not directly related to The Legendary Origins of Tea, certainly they're both about tea, but the origins of tea and the tea of the day, are kind of the past and present kind of a thing, at least on the day that you print out the document. We'd like to visually distinguish the two. We'd like to take the tea of the day and set it apart visually even when printing out, so that we can draw that distinction from a sort of a design standpoint. So what I'm going to do is say, that for the tea of the day div, we'll deal with the idea of tea of the day, a 3px double border, some center aligned text and a little bit of padding to push the text inside the div, away from that three pixel double border and if we hit Reload, we can see that that started. Ok, well, that's the visual distinction, that's taken up an awful lot of space though, just for, you know, the tee of the day.

There are a number of ways that we can mitigate this. The one of the things actually, that's bothering me at the moment is that basically, it's all the way from one side of the page to the other, even though content is not and that's why I want to make it narrower then the rest of the content, so you I'm going to say 10% margins on this one, whereas, before we had 5% margins on the content. Now we're going to put 5% side margins on the content, now we're going to have 10% side margins on tea of the day, ok, so that's going to squeeze it down a little bit, that's not so bad. So this point is sort of searching for some interesting way to bring this down a bit. In the markup we have an h3 tea of the day, followed by an h4, Labrador Tea and there's a paragraph which in this case has Lorem ipsum text, but one presumes would eventually have icon descriptions of various teas, part of what tea of the day is.

What we need to do here is get those two headings to not take up so much space and we could do something like just get rid of that margins. That's certainly a possibility, which you can see here. But what I think will be a little more interesting would be to put them actually side-by-side, so you have tea of the day, and then you have Labrador Tea, and they sort of get next to each other. We could float them to do that will actually be more interesting to make them generate in-line boxes, the same as if they were let's say spans. So we're going to do that, and actually while we're at it, have them have the same font size.

Here's what we have now, Tea of the day Labrador Tea. While they are on one line together, they also sort of run together now, so what we can do at this point on the tea of the day h3, which is the first of the two, the one that actually says tee of the day, let's give it a right border, that's two pixels and solid, two pixels and solid, a right margin of 1em, a right padding of 1em and the reason we do that is that then there will be 1em of space either side of that right border that we've just set up and let's color it gray.

And now when we flip over and hit Reload, tea of the day is now visually the deemphasized a bit, because of its right hand border, there's a separator between the two, so we have tea of the day and a vertical separator and then Labrador tea, so it's Tea of the Day, Labrador Tea. Visually speaking, Labrador is a little bit more emphasized. We used a little bit too much space around that paragraph and what we're just going to do is for that paragraph, say, maybe 0,5em of margin on the top and bottom, instead of a full em and when we do that and hit Reload that squeezes itself down a little bit.

That's pretty good. Now we can take it even further, maybe have no bottom margin on the paragraph at all, so, instead of 0.5em 0, we say 0.5em 0 0 and when we hit Reload, even better. Ok, so now we've taken the tee of the day and turned it into sort of a box which gives it visual distinction as compared to the rest of the document. So now all we really need to do in order to finish things up is style the footer and then restore everything so that the screen styles go on the screen and print styles gone on to print, which is what we will do in the next video.

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CSS Web Site Design

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  1. 14m 34s
    1. Welcome
      28s
    2. What is CSS?
      5m 34s
    3. Design tour
      2m 38s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 20s
    5. Installing the Web Developer toolbar
      4m 34s
  2. 25m 56s
    1. XHTML essentials
      3m 55s
    2. CSS essentials
      5m 17s
    3. Embedded style sheets
      2m 20s
    4. Linking a style sheet
      2m 19s
    5. Linking to multiple style sheets
      2m 20s
    6. Using linked and embedded style sheets together
      4m 21s
    7. Using imported style sheets
      5m 24s
  3. 57m 48s
    1. ID selector essentials
      6m 38s
    2. Class selector essentials
      4m 9s
    3. Best practices for classes
      4m 52s
    4. Grouped selection
      4m 2s
    5. Descendant selectors
      6m 44s
    6. The sources of style
      6m 38s
    7. Specificity
      8m 21s
    8. Making things important
      4m 32s
    9. Inheritance essentials
      5m 12s
    10. Making things really unstyled
      4m 2s
    11. User style sheets
      2m 38s
  4. 39m 3s
    1. Box model essentials
      7m 35s
    2. Simple floating
      5m 3s
    3. Using float for layout
      5m 5s
    4. Fixing column drop
      5m 35s
    5. Clearing essentials
      4m 20s
    6. Float containment
      6m 35s
    7. Creating a navbar from a list
      4m 50s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. Coloring text
      4m 13s
    2. Defining color in CSS
      8m 12s
    3. Coloring backgrounds
      6m 35s
    4. Applying background images
      4m 19s
    5. Manipulating the direction of background images
      2m 52s
    6. Positioning backgrounds
      7m 23s
    7. Background shorthand
      4m 29s
  6. 58m 28s
    1. Altering line height
      7m 32s
    2. Font style and weight
      5m 45s
    3. Sizing fonts
      9m 59s
    4. Using font families
      10m 38s
    5. Font shorthand
      6m 5s
    6. Justifying text
      4m 56s
    7. Vertically aligning text
      4m 22s
    8. Transforming text
      3m 49s
    9. Text decoration
      5m 22s
  7. 44m 40s
    1. Margin essentials
      14m 21s
    2. Adding borders
      6m 52s
    3. Padding
      9m 17s
    4. Using negative margins
      7m 19s
    5. Margin collapsing
      6m 51s
  8. 20m 38s
    1. Styling tables and captions
      5m 23s
    2. Styling table cells
      6m 30s
    3. Styling a column with classes
      4m 51s
    4. Styling links inside table cells
      3m 54s
  9. 30m 40s
    1. Styling for specific mediums
      4m 3s
    2. Creating a print style sheet
      6m 35s
    3. Hiding layout for print
      4m 11s
    4. Styling for print
      6m 34s
    5. Complex styling for print
      4m 37s
    6. Creating a footer
      4m 40s
  10. 37m 23s
    1. Getting started
      1m 11s
    2. Setting global styles
      4m 4s
    3. Defining masthead and navbar colors
      3m 27s
    4. Layout of the navlink bar
      3m 38s
    5. Using columns
      4m 49s
    6. Setting content styles
      1m 53s
    7. Creating the sidebar boxes
      5m 42s
    8. Creating the sidebar form
      3m 23s
    9. Completing the sidebar
      3m 29s
    10. Making a table
      3m 12s
    11. Creating a footer
      2m 35s
  11. 1m 28s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 28s

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