Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now

Developing a CSS table of contents


CSS: Visual Optimization

with Justin Seeley

Video: Developing a CSS table of contents

Developing a CSS table of contents provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Justin Seeley as part of the CSS: Visual Optimization
please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course CSS: Visual Optimization
Video Duration: 3m 0s1h 11m Beginner Feb 12, 2013

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

View Course Description

Take a tour of a workflow that optimizes CSS code for easier navigation, organization, and readability. In this course, author Justin Seeley covers best practices for writing CSS in an easy-to-read format, commenting code, developing a table of contents, and adopting other methods that help produce "cleaner" code. The course also contains tips for speeding up development with some online tools and simplification techniques.

Topics include:
  • Exploring good versus bad style sheets
  • Creating section headings
  • Indenting code for enhanced readability
  • Creating single- and multi-line comments
  • Avoiding unnecessary tags and classes
  • Creating master color and typography guides
  • Simplifying comments
Justin Seeley

Developing a CSS table of contents

One of the first things I do when developing my own CSS documents is I automatically create something known as a table of contents, and this is going to help me organize my code and keep my thoughts structured as I start to create the CSS. It also helps me separate different areas of my website so that I can work on it in a very systematic approach. In this movie I'm going to show my basic system for building a table of contents which you can use in your own projects and just add in your own different parts and pieces as you see fit. I'm going to create a brand-new CSS document here. When I first get the CSS document open, the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to start typing out a comment, and I'm going to do that just by typing out a slash and then I'm going to add some asterisks to this.

You can add as many or as few asterisks as you want, but in this case I'm going to make it go almost all the way across. Then after that I'm just going to hit Enter, and I'm going to start typing out some information. So now the first thing that I'm going to work in here is going to be universal styles. I'm going to do: number 1, Universal styles, and I'll do things here like typography et cetera. Number 2, header and nav styles. Number 3, this is going to be main body content.

Number 4, this is going to be for sidebar content. Number 5, let's say we're working with a CMS, I'll do widget content here. 6 would be my footer content. Then finally 7, we would do comments and forms. To wrap up my table of contents, I'm simply going to write out some more asterisks here and then once I get all the way over to the edge, I'll just type out a closing slash.

This is the basic structure for my document, and as I continue to build upon this, I'll use this table of contents to map out each area as I start to style it. So I'll start of with number 1, the Universal styles. This is where I define stuff like the typography for the entire site. This is where I define things like the body style, all that kind of stuff. Number 2, the header and navigation. That's where I do things like the menu structure, the lists, and the unordered and ordered lists and things like that. Main body content. That's for body paragraphs, image styling, and all that good stuff. Sidebar contents, stuff that goes on the right hard side, adds, search bar, that kinds of thing.

Widget content much the same thing as sidebar content, but this could be placed anywhere. So I need to style those if I was working with a CMS like WordPress for instance. This is a very important section to style. Footer content that's going to be things at the bottom whether it be links, images, forms, Twitter, and Facebook icons. Then finally comments if I'm working on a blog or something like that or if this is just a regular website, maybe there's a contact form that I need to style up. Maybe I just want to style all the form elements or table elements for pricing tables. In any case, developing a nice solid table of contents that you can use each and every time you start to develop CSS is a great way to insure order and structure in your CSS documents going forward.

There are currently no FAQs about CSS: Visual Optimization.

Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.

Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.

Mark all as unwatched Cancel


You have completed CSS: Visual Optimization.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


Upgrade to View Courses Offline


With our new Desktop App, Annual Premium Members can download courses for Internet-free viewing.

Upgrade Now

After upgrading, download Desktop App Here.

Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Start your FREE 10-day trial

Begin learning software, business, and creative skills—anytime,
anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts. provides
Unlimited access to over 4,000 courses—more than 100,000 video tutorials
Expert-led instruction
On-the-go learning. Watch from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Switch back and forth as you choose.
Start Your FREE Trial Now

A trusted source for knowledge.


We provide training to more than 4 million people, and our members tell us that helps them stay ahead of software updates, pick up brand-new skills, switch careers, land promotions, and explore new hobbies. What can we help you do?

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.