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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.
Before I get started building my website and webpages, what I want to do, is set up my HTML editor to make it easy for me to work on my website. I am using CoffeeCup, and this is specifically, the free version of CoffeeCup. And my understanding is there will be a Mac version coming out. Right now, this is specifically for the PC. So I've just opened the HTML editor called CoffeeCup.
And this is the default installation right now. So we will set up the website that we'll be looking at. So we can make our pages easily accessible. Now it's up to you if you want to keep the, Tip of the Day, on here. I will uncheck that and click Close, so I don't have to close it every time. Now, you can see there are a few options right here. Since I do not have a web project set up, I'm going to do that right now.
So I'll click the New Website Project. Now within this particular program, you can see I can set it up so I can FTP right in my web server, or you do not have to. So I'm just going to give this a name and tell CoffeeCup where all of my files are located. So I'll name it CSS positioning, and I'll go out and choose where my folder is with all of my files. Now my folder is up here, on my C drive, and I created this folder called CSS positioning that contains all of my files.
So all I'm doing is locating that folder for CoffeeCup. I'll go ahead and click OK. Once I do, all of my files for my website, and there are course files available for this course. What I've done, is put them all into a single folder, and I'm telling CoffeeCup where that's located. The reason I'm doing that, you can see right here, is it's very easy for me to open and close and access files.
Because they're all listed in the My Websites tab. Now there's also a Computer tab. There's Code tab that shows you all the individual tags for different types of items. So in other words, this is HTML, this is CSS 3, CSS 2. So when I click on those, it gives me all the properties in CSS 2, properties in CSS 3. I'll be working in the HTML. So you can see, there's different flavors in there, and I'm going to use XHTML.
So what this does, is put the tags in the correct syntax for that particular language. There is also a snippets area. It does come built with a few different snippets of code you can place in your webpages, and there's also the various characters in HTML. So, I'm going to stay in the My Websites area for now. And I can access my files very easily right within this tab. So that's all there is to setting up a new project within CoffeeCup. What you will want to do, is set up a folder similar to this and whatever HTML editor it is that you have chosen to use.
But that is how you set up your web site files for this course within CoffeeCup.
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