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CSS gives Web designers control over the appearance of their web sites by separating the visual presentation from the content. It lets them easily make minor changes to a site or perform a complete overhaul of the design. In CSS Web Site Design, instructor and leading industry expert Eric Meyer reviews the essentials of CSS, including selectors, the cascade, and inheritance. The training also covers how to build effective navigation, how to lay out pages, and how to work with typography, colors, backgrounds, and white space. Using a project-based approach, Eric walks through the process of creating a Web page, while teaching the essentials of CSS along the way. By the end of the training, viewers will have the tools to master professional site design. Exercise files accompany the training videos.
In this movie we're just going to quickly talk about how to use the Exercise Files folder. I'm going to assume the you've already copied the Exercise Files folder onto your hard drive because if you try to access it from a CD for example then you're not going to be able to modify anything and the exercises aren't really going to work for you. So the way this works is, in your Exercise Files folder you'll find a series of folders that contain the exercise files for various chapters. So if you were to be getting ready to do the first exercise in the third chapter, you would open up the 03_cascade and find the series of exercise files which are numbered according to which exercise they are, so the first one in Chapter 3 is 0301 and the second one in Chapter 3 is 0302. So the way that you would get yourself ready for the exercise is to load up the file in your favorite editor, BBEdit my case, probably Dreamweaver in yours, but you might be an Emacs person, who knows, and then also load it up into the web browser that you're going to use, such as Firefox and then that's generally where I start is with the two files loaded up, one in the editor, one in the web browser and just go back and forth between the two and that point usually is where the movie starts and you can just follow along.
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