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Styling for specific mediums

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Video: Styling for specific mediums

In this chapter what we're going to talk about is styling for media, other than the screen, the most common of which is styling for print. You might never have considered that a webpage could be output in any medium other than a web browser. But in point of facts, a webpage is really just some XHTML document with some styling, and neither XHTML nor CSS are required to be used only in web browsers or by web browsers or on a monitor you could print it out. Now the pages that exist, we can print it now, which I'm going to do here, using basically we are going to look at a print preview and this is what the page would more or less look like if we printed it out.

Styling for specific mediums

In this chapter what we're going to talk about is styling for media, other than the screen, the most common of which is styling for print. You might never have considered that a webpage could be output in any medium other than a web browser. But in point of facts, a webpage is really just some XHTML document with some styling, and neither XHTML nor CSS are required to be used only in web browsers or by web browsers or on a monitor you could print it out. Now the pages that exist, we can print it now, which I'm going to do here, using basically we are going to look at a print preview and this is what the page would more or less look like if we printed it out.

The styles that we have applied would so far as is possible, be applied to the print as well as to the screen. So you can see some of the colors are coming through, the borders are there, and these sort of things, but there are other things that are missing, for example backgrounds. The user does not have to print backgrounds, in fact, every browser pretty much as of this recording is configured to not print backgrounds by default. You can imagine the reason for that. If you had a page that was white text on a black background and the user decided to print it out and the browser was set up to print background by default, somebody would choose through a whole lot of ink cartridge before they get done even printing out the first page. So there you have it.

That's what this page would look like. Now, it looks like that because the styles we've applied are being applied in all media. If we look at the link at the top of the document, just like we discussed back in Chapter 2, we can see that at the very end of this link is the media equals all. This means that this style sheet, should be applied in all media, the screen medium such as on a computer, print medium, the production medium, if you happen to have something that can distinguish between a screen and projection, handheld medium, if you have a web browser on a handheld device that understands handheld media types and so and so on. Basically this style sheet will always be applied. We could restrict it so that it only shows up on screen so that this style sheet would then not be applied when it comes to printing or anything other than the screen medium, which could be a web browser, on a computer or let's say in web TV.

You can combine these two, you can decide it was, it should only apply in screen, in print and not apply in any of those others. Practically speaking, the most common media types that you ever have to worry about is screen and print. Handheld is in here in middle late 2006, as we're recording this, handheld is starting to make a further large upsurge in the United States, it's already become very big overseas and so mobile web browsing is trying to become more and more common and mobile web browsers that understand handheld style sheets are becoming more and more common. We are not going to cover handheld style sheets today, but the principles that we're going to cover here will apply the way that we set up a print style sheet, exactly the same sorts of things have to be done in order to set up a handheld style sheet. Let's say that we have our screen style sheet and we decide that we will also want to a print style sheet, we could say, that this is going to be our print style sheet, so we only want to apply in the print medium.

If we say this, we go back to Firefox and reload, the web browser, nothing will happen, so far as we can tell nothing is happened because the screen style sheet is still applying in the screen medium, but if we go to preview our print, you can see that things are very different now, because the print style sheet is now, there's now a print style sheet being applied and it only applies if we actually go to the print media or in this case a preview of a print medium. So if you were to put out this document, the same page you're looking at there in Firefox would look the way it does here on a piece of paper once printed out, because of the association of a print style sheet and the restriction of the styles that you see there to the screen medium. So that's the basics of how to associate a print style sheet. Now. what we're going to do in the videos to follow is create the print style sheet that we just saw being applied.

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CSS Web Site Design

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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
    8. Making things important
      4m 32s
    9. Inheritance essentials
      5m 12s
    10. Making things really unstyled
      4m 2s
    11. User style sheets
      2m 38s
  4. 39m 3s
    1. Box model essentials
      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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