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Style sheet final review

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Now, we have a finished CSS style guide that we can use for ourselves, use in our portfolio, or share with our entire design team. Let's just take a look at some of the things that we have learned. We've learned how to create an XHTML document with proper structure and correct formatting and semantic markup. We've learned how to create external style sheets that link to the head of our main document. We have learned some of the essential HTML tags that we use consistently throughout website design.

Style sheet final review

Now, we have a finished CSS style guide that we can use for ourselves, use in our portfolio, or share with our entire design team. Let's just take a look at some of the things that we have learned. We've learned how to create an XHTML document with proper structure and correct formatting and semantic markup. We've learned how to create external style sheets that link to the head of our main document. We have learned some of the essential HTML tags that we use consistently throughout website design.

How to insert an image, how to create a simple text navigation bar and create active and interactive links. How to insert, styles, format our headers. How to style and design our paragraph or body text. We also learned how to create three types of lists, the unordered list, the ordered list and the definition list. And we learned the power of using the O'Reilly reference tools. We learned one of the most interesting tags that we can use: the blockquote that's used frequently, but not available in Property Inspector. We generated a color palette based on the header image that we inserted at the top of our page.

We inserted and experimented with selecting and dragging and changing our table and also understanding what tags make up a table and how nesting works. And finally, in our footer we created a div tag that holds the content, that displays the name of the company, gives contact info, gives the legal information, as well as the date that we've created this website. So all in all we did a professional job following best practices, using web standards and making an accessible website. So what are some next steps for this project? Consider adding a montage inspiration image that you create from Photoshop or Fireworks. Play around with some of your typographic elements and do some experiments there. Make this your online style board where you can put your ideas up and let your company see how you are thinking, or your team members see how you are thinking. Feel free to play, feel free to create additional external style sheets. You might want to create two more ideas by just using two more style sheets and then show your company three different proposals.

So congratulations! You have just finished your first style guide, but I want you to focus on three key concepts because this will ensure success for you, as you go on designing and communicating in this medium. Just remember, understand the technical limits of the web, learn and keep up with the web standards and the adopted best practices, and infuse your work with your design, passion, and emotional content. I am very excited by this medium. It's amazing what web designers and developers can do using this medium, and it's amazing to think about the possibilities of who we can communicate with and the ways we can communicate and all the new techniques that will be developed in the future.

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Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training

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Laurie Burruss
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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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