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Dive deep into key typographic concepts and learn how to manipulate type in Dreamweaver. Author Joseph Lowery introduces Dreamweaver type tools and shows how to perform basic text modifications, establish the appropriate type unit, integrate custom web fonts, and apply drop shadows, gradients, and other effects. The course also provides in-depth tutorials on structuring text with headings, paragraphs, columns, and lists, and offers a preview of Adobe's proposed CSS Regions.
When you've got a lot of text on the page, it's often a good idea to make the start of each paragraph stand out in some manner. The typical method is to indent the first line of each paragraph a bit. This can be easily handled by the CSS Text Indent Property. But what if you don't want to be typical? The first-line pseudo-class has you covered. If you're familiar with the term pseudo -class, you'll recognize it from some other examples in CSS like hover, visited and active. The first-line pseudo-class is used to create a CSS selector in the same way as those more frequently used examples. Let's take a look.
Now with my tours.htm file from Chapter 5 > 05_06 folder open and available. I'm in Live View and I'm going to scroll down to my tour descriptions, and here you see that there is a first paragraph, it's kind of in a blockish form here. So I'm going to go ahead and make this stand out a little but. I'll just put my cursor there so that I can get the #mainContent .tourDescription p or paragraph tag rule up. Now, I'm going to create a new rule though by choosing New CSS Rule and that will get me most of what I want, and now all I have to do is add in a pseudo-class, and you do that by putting a colon and then whatever the name of the pseudo-class is; in this case it's first-line.
Click OK, and now we're ready to apply whatever properties that we want. In this case, I'm going to make it a little bit bigger. So I'm going to bump it up to 1.2 ems, entering 1.2 and then choosing em from the measurement unit list, and let's also add in a little spice of color. So I'll click on the Color Swatch, which will open the Color Picker and give me the Eyedropper tool. So now, I can go over to that little slice of blue that we see here. This is the blue background, and once I click on that, its value goes into the Color Swatch field, and I'm ready to click OK, and there you see our first-line.
Notice that it is applied to every tour description paragraph. It really makes it a lot more distinctive, don't you think? You can apply almost any text property, like font style, text transform, or font variant, to the first-line selector to make your first lines notable in a variety of ways.
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