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Using the exercise files

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If you're a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library or if you're watching this tutorial on a disc, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Exercise files are arranged by chapter and are located in folders that are named based on the movie number they represent. Where applicable, they'll also include a finished files folder where you can compare the finished version of the exercise to your own file. Now I recommend copying the entire Exercise Files directory to the Desktop, just as I have it here, and then working on the files from the appropriate folder.

Using the exercise files

If you're a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library or if you're watching this tutorial on a disc, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Exercise files are arranged by chapter and are located in folders that are named based on the movie number they represent. Where applicable, they'll also include a finished files folder where you can compare the finished version of the exercise to your own file. Now I recommend copying the entire Exercise Files directory to the Desktop, just as I have it here, and then working on the files from the appropriate folder.

I will callout the location of the exercise files for each movie, and you should see a brief overlay on the screen that will also tell you where to find those exercise files. Now this course focuses on the core concepts of CSS and not on any one authoring tool. As such, it simply doesn't matter which authoring tool you use to write your CSS and HTML. If you're comfortable with an existing HTML editor, simply continue using that one for this course. Now I am going to be using Aptana Studio for this course, for a couple of reasons.

Now first, it's free. It's very lightweight, and it's going to allow me to focus solely on the code itself. Now I am going to give you a brief little tour here of how I am going to set Aptana up, in case you want to use it and have your workspace look like mine, but in the end, I'm not saying you need to use this program. You can certainly use whatever tool you are most comfortable with. So if that's Dreamweaver, if it's an eclipse editor or whatever it is, feel free to use that instead. I have opened up Aptana, and you can download that for free from www.aptana.com, and I am going to show you that site in just a moment when I discuss CSS authoring tools.

The first thing I am going to do is just set up a new project. So I am going to go to New Web Project and I am just going to go ahead and name it CSS Core Concepts. This is just going to allow me to access my exercise files a lot easier. And then I am going to browse for the location out to my Desktop, I am going to find the exercise files folder, and I am going to go ahead and click Finish. So what this will allow me to do is now over here on my Projects panel, I have access to all of my exercise files right here and so I can just open them up with a simple click.

Now I am also going to do some things to make it a little bit easier for you guys at home to read. Right now, this text is pretty small so I am going to go up to my Preferences and one of things I can do is I can click on my Aptana Studio preferences and click on the Themes and under Themes, I can choose whatever theme I want to use. I am just going to use the default Aptana Studio theme. They have other ones that emulate other editors, even Dreamweaver if you want to use those, if you are more comfortable with that, but I am just going to stick with the default theme. What I am going to do is I am going to go down to my Font here and click on that and I am just going to chose something that will be a little bit easier for you guys to read on screen. I am going to choose Arial, and I am going to up my font size as well.

I will go ahead and apply that and now you guys can see, that's a little bit easier for you all to read on screen. One more thing in the Preferences. Then I am also going to go to Editors and I am going to make sure Enable word wrap is checked so that if we have any long strings of code, we have word wrap. And that's really basically it. From time to time, I may shrink this pane down a little bit, so that I see more of my code view, but pretty much I am just going to use Aptana studio the way that it comes out of the box. Now I also recommend installing the most recent versions--depending on which platform you are on--of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera-- really all the modern web browsers.

Go ahead and install as many of them as you can. We will be previewing our pages using different browsers all the way throughout the title, because I really feel like you should be in the habit of testing your pages with multiple browsers. So that is how you use the exercise files if you have access to them. Now if you do not have access to the exercise files for this title, feel free to go ahead and use your own files. For the most part, the files that we are we going to be using in this title are fairly simple, so you should be able to emulate them without too much trouble.

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CSS: Core Concepts

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  1. 4m 57s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 2s
  2. 1h 7m
    1. Exploring default styling
      4m 56s
    2. CSS authoring tools
      2m 29s
    3. CSS syntax
      4m 45s
    4. Writing a selector
      4m 10s
    5. Setting properties
      8m 40s
    6. Common units of measurement
      7m 47s
    7. Inline styles
      5m 1s
    8. Embedded styles
      5m 19s
    9. Using external style sheets
      10m 34s
    10. Checking for browser support
      8m 48s
    11. Dealing with browser inconsistencies
      5m 30s
  3. 2h 15m
    1. Structuring HTML correctly
      2m 51s
    2. Element selectors
      4m 52s
    3. Class selectors
      6m 4s
    4. ID selectors
      3m 27s
    5. Using classes and IDs
      10m 7s
    6. Element-specific selectors
      4m 35s
    7. The universal selector
      5m 42s
    8. Grouping selectors
      4m 49s
    9. Descendent selectors
      7m 32s
    10. Child selectors
      5m 7s
    11. Adjacent selectors
      5m 30s
    12. Attribute selectors
      12m 43s
    13. Pseudo-class selectors
      3m 54s
    14. Dynamic pseudo-class selectors
      8m 29s
    15. Structural pseudo-class selectors
      6m 45s
    16. Nth-child selectors
      13m 10s
    17. Pseudo-element selectors
      12m 40s
    18. Targeting page content: Lab
      8m 56s
    19. Targeting page content: Solution
      7m 59s
  4. 42m 39s
    1. What happens when styles conflict?
      4m 0s
    2. Understanding the cascade
      5m 47s
    3. Using inheritance
      6m 11s
    4. Selector specificity
      6m 55s
    5. The !important declaration
      4m 5s
    6. Reducing conflicts through planning
      3m 33s
    7. Resolving conflicts: Lab
      6m 45s
    8. Resolving conflicts: Solution
      5m 23s
  5. 1h 47m
    1. Setting a font family
      7m 10s
    2. Using @font-face
      9m 18s
    3. Setting font size
      7m 35s
    4. Font style and font weight
      6m 52s
    5. Transforming text
      3m 58s
    6. Using text variants
      2m 49s
    7. Text decoration options
      4m 26s
    8. Setting text color
      3m 2s
    9. Writing font shorthand notation
      8m 49s
    10. Controlling text alignment
      6m 33s
    11. Letter and word spacing
      9m 11s
    12. Indenting text
      4m 30s
    13. Adjusting paragraph line height
      10m 30s
    14. Controlling the space between elements
      6m 41s
    15. Basic text formatting: Lab
      8m 45s
    16. Basic text formatting: Solution
      7m 14s
  6. 2h 1m
    1. Understanding the box model
      16m 53s
    2. Controlling element spacing
      14m 29s
    3. Controlling interior spacing
      10m 49s
    4. Margin and padding shorthand notation
      6m 27s
    5. Adding borders
      8m 57s
    6. Defining element size
      10m 7s
    7. Creating rounded corners
      6m 58s
    8. Background properties
      2m 51s
    9. Using background images
      5m 10s
    10. Controlling image positioning
      10m 25s
    11. Using multiple backgrounds
      7m 5s
    12. Background shorthand notation
      5m 25s
    13. Styling container elements: Lab
      7m 55s
    14. Styling container elements: Solution
      8m 17s
  7. 47m 51s
    1. Color keyword definitions
      5m 4s
    2. Understanding hexadecimal notation
      6m 5s
    3. Using RGB values
      4m 58s
    4. Using HSL values
      5m 17s
    5. Working with opacity
      2m 23s
    6. Using RGBa and HSLa
      3m 8s
    7. Styling drop shadows
      5m 38s
    8. CSS gradients
      6m 32s
    9. Working with color: Lab
      4m 26s
    10. Working with color: Solution
      4m 20s
  8. 1m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 58s

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