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Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training

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As you work through this project, you will learn how to create an HTML web page and an external CSS style sheet, plan and manage a website, its folder structure and its assets. That might be images, style sheets, and the source materials. Identify the visual interface elements. Implement the best practice of separating structure from presentation or HTML versus CSS styles. Learn how to communicate internally with the team using text proposals and code comments.
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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

Objective of this course

As you work through this project, you will learn how to create an HTML web page and an external CSS style sheet, plan and manage a website, its folder structure and its assets. That might be images, style sheets, and the source materials. Identify the visual interface elements. Implement the best practice of separating structure from presentation or HTML versus CSS styles. Learn how to communicate internally with the team using text proposals and code comments.

Generate color palettes for the web page based on the header image or the images inserted into the HTML document. Practice and deliver consistent style and design objectives for your client's site as well as at the same time experiment and test the limits of your concepts. Finally and ultimately, create an effective communication tool for the design team and the client. So let's go out and look at a successful style guide that Monash University in Australia has created. Monash University has a large, large website and serves a huge target audience. This website has many, many people who contribute to it; both the web design development team, faculty members, and administrators.

So they have designed a style guide that everyone can share and everyone can know what the rules and the consistent display of images, branding, and information should be. What we are looking right now is an example of their style guide for their design elements. As I scroll down the page, you can see things such as layout, composition, topography, color palettes, usage of images, photography, logo, accessibility, all kinds of issues that might need to be addressed in a consistent website and a consistent branding for University.

They have also taken the time to develop a style sheet that shows both what it would look like and what kind of code you need to support that look. This is a very important issue that should be addressed in a web style guide, not only what it looks like, but how do you do that, what lies beneath. I really like this page. Let me scroll down to the Header information. As you can see, this is a clear visual instrument. On the left side we see what the user would see and on the right side we see what the code or the styling should be.

This is a great way to inform your team. It makes it visual not only for the team, but I think the client could understand it and everyone can use it and be consistent with the way they deploy the headers in the style. They also do this for the images. It's slightly different looking, but again, they are consistent with the way they display. This is what the user will see and this is what's done to achieve this. It's a great tool, it's an effective tool, and easy to use. So what's the importance of creating a style guide for you? It will illustrate not only your understanding of Dreamweaver, but it also becomes a printed, an online version of the visual interface elements of a website. This allows a real world team to maintain consistent design elements, update visual interface guidelines, and to establish it as a reference tool, a source of contact information and a help reference.

In some, it becomes your team management tool, and effectively this portfolio piece demonstrates that you can work well with the team that you understand project management and that you understand the principles of web design.

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