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Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training

with Laurie Burruss

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Our styleguide.txt is ready to go. So what we want to do is click Command+A to Select All, Command+C to copy this. Then let's open up a new HTML document. File > New, Command+N or Ctrl+N, choose HTML, Layout None. Make sure you keep this doc type at the default XHTML 1. 0 Transitional. Click on the button Create. Before we do anything else, save the document. File > Save, Command+S, Ctrl+S. Because we've defined our site, it went to the last place that we were working but we don't want to save it into the Text folder. We want to save it into our Project folder. So go to your directory, look for your main project folder. Mine is Style Guide_lb.
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  1. 6m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Objective of this course
      3m 38s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 11s
  2. 28m 26s
    1. Starting Dreamweaver for the first time
      3m 38s
    2. Defining a website
      4m 3s
    3. Understanding the Dreamweaver interface
      9m 43s
    4. Setting up a custom workspace
      4m 10s
    5. Setting essential preferences
      6m 52s
  3. 56m 54s
    1. Laying out a page in a text document
      3m 40s
    2. Creating and saving a new document
      3m 27s
    3. Inserting an image
      8m 22s
    4. Marking up text using the Property Inspector
      6m 48s
    5. Marking up text by hand
      9m 21s
    6. Inserting, formatting, and selecting a table
      8m 16s
    7. Creating links
      12m 26s
    8. Styling a footer
      4m 34s
  4. 22m 15s
    1. Using Modify Page Properties to create embedded styles
      12m 22s
    2. Creating links with CSS
      4m 55s
    3. Working with Code, Split, and Design views
      4m 58s
  5. 8m 52s
    1. Defining browsers to test a web page
      2m 24s
    2. Previewing a web page in a browser
      6m 28s
  6. 16m 44s
    1. Using a span tag to add a class and customize appearance
      10m 34s
    2. Using the Tag Inspector to create and edit additional styles
      6m 10s
  7. 48m 42s
    1. Exporting existing styles into an external style sheet
      7m 0s
    2. Using the CSS Styles panel to add a new style
      5m 43s
    3. Using the div tag to create a content container
      11m 8s
    4. Overriding the default browser styles
      2m 46s
    5. Applying padding and margins
      4m 57s
    6. Styling header tags
      5m 34s
    7. Creating and styling compound tags
      5m 12s
    8. Editing preexisting rules
      6m 22s
  8. 19m 36s
    1. Improving the Footer
      5m 12s
    2. Commenting a CSS style sheet
      7m 0s
    3. Creating a custom color palette
      7m 24s
  9. 3m 6s
    1. Style sheet final review
      3m 6s

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Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training
3h 31m Beginner Mar 06, 2009

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A web site is just a web site unless it’s designed with a unique style. Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training highlights the importance of a CSS style guide, which serves as an interface for the design team and a communication tool for the client. Laurie Burruss calls on her background as director of digital media at Pasadena City College and takes an informative, real–world approach to this topic. She shows how Dreamweaver CS4 can be used to develop a coherent site–wide emotion that boosts brand identity. The course culminates with building a working web style guide for professional use. Exercise files and a downloadable PDF quiz accompany the course.

Download the exercise files from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Planning a site from a blank file
  • Creating and editing a style guide with just HTML
  • Using the Property Inspector for text markup
  • Inserting images, tables, and footers for a custom look
  • Creating and editing an external CSS style sheet
  • Building a custom color palette for a site
  • Testing web pages in various browsers
  • Styling tips for professional sites
Subject:
Web
Software:
CSS
Author:
Laurie Burruss

Creating and saving a new document

Our styleguide.txt is ready to go. So what we want to do is click Command+A to Select All, Command+C to copy this. Then let's open up a new HTML document. File > New, Command+N or Ctrl+N, choose HTML, Layout None. Make sure you keep this doc type at the default XHTML 1. 0 Transitional. Click on the button Create. Before we do anything else, save the document. File > Save, Command+S, Ctrl+S. Because we've defined our site, it went to the last place that we were working but we don't want to save it into the Text folder. We want to save it into our Project folder. So go to your directory, look for your main project folder. Mine is Style Guide_lb.

We're going to keep our HTML documents at the top level right there in the Name folder. We'll name this meaningful styleguide_01. One of the benefits of working on the computer is that you can save many, many versions of what you are working on. It's a way to keep a history of your work and the process and the way you were making your design decisions but another important thing for the designer or developer is that you can experiment and then if it doesn't work out or you are not happy with those solutions, you can always go back to that work. You never lose the work. So I save frequently and make lots of versions.

When I'm working with a team or with my students, as soon as I use the word final that means that's the final document and that will be the one that I'll strip out the word final from and send it up to the server. Let's go ahead and save this document. Then I would like to give everything a title, some meaningful title. This will be called Laurie's Style Guide. You can name yours whatever you want. Then the next thing I want you to is put your I-beam at the top of the document. Before we paste that text into this document, it's important to look down at what the Properties Inspector is doing.

Remember this is contextual and it will change all the time according to what you have selected or where you have inserted your I-beam. Right now HTML is selected by default and it says that the formatting is None. So I want you to watch what happens as soon as we paste in the text. I'll come back to the top of my document window, do Command+V or Ctrl+V. And I want you to go into code view for a moment. And notice it is not unformatted text. In fact, each section has a

tag, both the beginning and closing tag around it.

Let's click on the Design view. This gives us a nicely formatted document. Yes, we might not want to have every single thing on this page be a

tag, but a

tag is basically a paragraph tag or a body text tag and it's a great place to start when we start adding our markup and formatting. So it looks really good right now. And we are getting ready to go and start doing our markup. So before we do that, let's go ahead and do a File > Save As so that we can keep a record of the process. File > Save As, Command+Shift+S. This will be Version 2. Click Save. And now we are ready to add schematic formatting to our HTML document.

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