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Have you wondered if using a CSS framework will speed up your site development? In this course, senior author James Williamson introduces the types of frameworks available—including the most popular choices among working web developers—and provides an honest assessment of the pros and cons to using a framework. He guides you through downloading a framework, setting up a directory structure, and building a framework-based site, such as structuring the HTML and working with forms. A separate chapter explores layout grids, often included with CSS frameworks, which provide a simple system for laying out page content.
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I'll call out the location of the exercise files for each movie, and you should see a brief overlay that will also tell you where you can find those specific exercises. For this course I'll be authoring my files using Dreamweaver. It's a common web authoring tool, and it's an environment that I'm extremely comfortable in. Now by no means is this a Dreamweaver course. You can use any code editor that you'd like. I'll be only using the Code View in Dreamweaver and none of its visual tools. So as long as you can type in the code that you see on my screen, you're going to be able to work right alongside with me, whether you're using Dreamweaver or not.
Since frameworks have varying levels of cross-browser compliancy, it's also crucial that you use the most recent versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera, and make it a habit of testing your pages with multiple browsers.
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