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Styling links inside table cells

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Video: Styling links inside table cells

So for this video we're going to look at actual links inside the table cells and how we might improve their interactivity a little bit and also some of the issues that follow as a result. So we have these white boldfaced bits of text, that are actually hyperlinks. Once you'll be moving the cursor we can see it changes into the little gloved hand of clicking. We may want to bump up actually effectively the visual feedback beyond just a little clicking glove.

Styling links inside table cells

So for this video we're going to look at actual links inside the table cells and how we might improve their interactivity a little bit and also some of the issues that follow as a result. So we have these white boldfaced bits of text, that are actually hyperlinks. Once you'll be moving the cursor we can see it changes into the little gloved hand of clicking. We may want to bump up actually effectively the visual feedback beyond just a little clicking glove.

We might also want to put on a hover effect for example, so here at the end of the style sheet I'm going to put in for any a element inside the post-archive that gets hovered to a background it's found elsewhere. And if we hit Reload at first, we don't see anything until we move in the cursor and start hovering and you can see that we now have a cute little green background hover effect.

The only real problem being that not only is the background hover points to our problem, these links are only as wide as their content, which is to be expected. I mean if you have a hyperlink, the hyperlink is only as big as the content inside the hyperlink, whether it's text or an image, but here is not so great because you know, I might have my pointer over one of the tables, notice like I do here and yet I can click on it, but if I click on it nothing will happen because I'm over the hyperlink here, I have to exactly hit this and that's actually not a great usability. There's an actual law called Fitz law, which basically says, if you have a hotspot, if you have something that you can click with you should make the interactive areas basically as large as you can without, you know, interfering with other things.

So here's what we're going to do. We're actually going to convert the way that these hyperlinks are drawn from the inline, from generating inline boxes which is what they usually are to drawing block boxes. Now, if I hit Reload nothing really changes visually yet until I'm moving my mouse and I start hovering. And you notice now that these links fill in, basically their entire table cells.

So anywhere inside a table cell is now clickable because the link is generating a largish box. Now is generating block little boxes as though they were a div or a paragraph inside this table cell. And now we can see this even more easily if we went back and add in table cell width the spread out the table, like we did it briefly in an earlier video and again, these guys now have their click boxes, if you want it to think it that way, spread out to cover the entire table cell and that's because the a element is generating a block box, just the same as if it were a div or a paragraph or heading or something like that.

So that's a one way to make the links inside of a table like this one, like a monthly calendar be a little bit easier to interact with and also look a little bit better, because frankly, you know, before, if we'd hovered over the seven before we added the display block, then there would have just been this little green strip behind the seven, highlighting that and the rest of the table cell would've just remained with a dark grey background and this way it fills it in all completely and nicely and it's all very lovely and frankly looks a good deal more professional than what happened before we added the display block, so it's just a quick look at how to make links inside of calendars or tables in general, act a little bit better.

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  1. 14m 34s
    1. Welcome
      28s
    2. What is CSS?
      5m 34s
    3. Design tour
      2m 38s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 20s
    5. Installing the Web Developer toolbar
      4m 34s
  2. 25m 56s
    1. XHTML essentials
      3m 55s
    2. CSS essentials
      5m 17s
    3. Embedded style sheets
      2m 20s
    4. Linking a style sheet
      2m 19s
    5. Linking to multiple style sheets
      2m 20s
    6. Using linked and embedded style sheets together
      4m 21s
    7. Using imported style sheets
      5m 24s
  3. 57m 48s
    1. ID selector essentials
      6m 38s
    2. Class selector essentials
      4m 9s
    3. Best practices for classes
      4m 52s
    4. Grouped selection
      4m 2s
    5. Descendant selectors
      6m 44s
    6. The sources of style
      6m 38s
    7. Specificity
      8m 21s
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      4m 32s
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      5m 12s
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      4m 2s
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      2m 38s
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      7m 35s
    2. Simple floating
      5m 3s
    3. Using float for layout
      5m 5s
    4. Fixing column drop
      5m 35s
    5. Clearing essentials
      4m 20s
    6. Float containment
      6m 35s
    7. Creating a navbar from a list
      4m 50s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. Coloring text
      4m 13s
    2. Defining color in CSS
      8m 12s
    3. Coloring backgrounds
      6m 35s
    4. Applying background images
      4m 19s
    5. Manipulating the direction of background images
      2m 52s
    6. Positioning backgrounds
      7m 23s
    7. Background shorthand
      4m 29s
  6. 58m 28s
    1. Altering line height
      7m 32s
    2. Font style and weight
      5m 45s
    3. Sizing fonts
      9m 59s
    4. Using font families
      10m 38s
    5. Font shorthand
      6m 5s
    6. Justifying text
      4m 56s
    7. Vertically aligning text
      4m 22s
    8. Transforming text
      3m 49s
    9. Text decoration
      5m 22s
  7. 44m 40s
    1. Margin essentials
      14m 21s
    2. Adding borders
      6m 52s
    3. Padding
      9m 17s
    4. Using negative margins
      7m 19s
    5. Margin collapsing
      6m 51s
  8. 20m 38s
    1. Styling tables and captions
      5m 23s
    2. Styling table cells
      6m 30s
    3. Styling a column with classes
      4m 51s
    4. Styling links inside table cells
      3m 54s
  9. 30m 40s
    1. Styling for specific mediums
      4m 3s
    2. Creating a print style sheet
      6m 35s
    3. Hiding layout for print
      4m 11s
    4. Styling for print
      6m 34s
    5. Complex styling for print
      4m 37s
    6. Creating a footer
      4m 40s
  10. 37m 23s
    1. Getting started
      1m 11s
    2. Setting global styles
      4m 4s
    3. Defining masthead and navbar colors
      3m 27s
    4. Layout of the navlink bar
      3m 38s
    5. Using columns
      4m 49s
    6. Setting content styles
      1m 53s
    7. Creating the sidebar boxes
      5m 42s
    8. Creating the sidebar form
      3m 23s
    9. Completing the sidebar
      3m 29s
    10. Making a table
      3m 12s
    11. Creating a footer
      2m 35s
  11. 1m 28s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 28s

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