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Using CSS notation to organize syntax


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Typography for Web Designers

with Laura Franz

Video: Using CSS notation to organize syntax

When we created the different sets of link states in the last lesson, our CSS got pretty long and the multiple A links, V links, etcetera can be hard to keep track of. So in this lesson, we're going to use CSS notation to organize our syntax. You'll need the files biblio_serif_ notation.html and biblio_serif_notation.css from the Exercise folder. You'll also need the Fonts folder with the web font files for Chopin Script.
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  1. 6m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
    3. Things to consider before starting this course
      3m 12s
  2. 41m 3s
    1. Understanding how good typography promotes reading
      2m 9s
    2. Understanding legibility
      4m 41s
    3. Understanding how fonts convey meaning
      5m 19s
    4. Choosing web-safe fonts to convey meaning
      6m 13s
    5. Using font size, case, style, letter spacing, weight, and color to convey meaning
      6m 22s
    6. Choosing web fonts to convey meaning
      6m 23s
    7. Downloading web fonts
      4m 9s
    8. Applying web fonts in CSS with @font-face
      5m 47s
  3. 38m 0s
    1. Choosing a web-safe font for use in text
      4m 13s
    2. Applying the web-safe font to the text and the heading
      3m 4s
    3. Setting a class for the resource titles in the text
      3m 45s
    4. Choosing a second web-safe font for the heading
      2m 42s
    5. Applying the second font to the heading
      2m 16s
    6. Choosing a web font from the Google Font API for use in text
      5m 44s
    7. Adding and applying the Google Font API syntax
      4m 29s
    8. Choosing a second web font from the Google Font API for the heading
      2m 56s
    9. Adding and applying the second font to the heading
      4m 52s
    10. Analyzing the fonts on some professional sites
      3m 59s
  4. 55m 31s
    1. Understanding how we read
      4m 34s
    2. Finding and applying a good font size and line height
      4m 50s
    3. Finding and applying a good line length
      8m 6s
    4. Understanding ems
      6m 17s
    5. Using ems to set font size
      6m 9s
    6. Using ems to set line length
      3m 40s
    7. Understanding how color affects readability
      3m 58s
    8. Improving a color palette by improving contrast
      5m 39s
    9. Improving a color palette by reducing optical vibration
      4m 59s
    10. Analyzing text readability on the professional sites
      7m 19s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Understanding how we "chunk" visual elements
      3m 59s
    2. Developing a system of hierarchy
      2m 17s
    3. Applying hierarchy in HTML and CSS
      7m 16s
    4. Developing a system to help chunk text for readers
      6m 1s
    5. Applying the system in the CSS
      4m 19s
    6. Changing an element by creating and applying a class
      5m 0s
    7. Using multiple columns to create hierarchy
      4m 12s
    8. Building a two-column system in HTML and CSS
      10m 56s
    9. Refining the horizontal space in a two-column layout
      6m 1s
    10. Adding rule lines to improve chunking
      5m 50s
    11. Adding emphasis within a heading
      4m 36s
    12. Analyzing the chunking on the professional sites
      11m 18s
  6. 17m 57s
    1. Understanding classic and modernist typographic pages
      7m 3s
    2. Understanding how to create rhythm and tension
      6m 0s
    3. Applying typography skills when making design decisions
      4m 54s
  7. 55m 47s
    1. Designing typographic links for the traditional page
      5m 54s
    2. Adding a list of links to the traditional page
      8m 44s
    3. Describing the link states in CSS
      6m 30s
    4. Returning links to their original "unvisited" style
      2m 38s
    5. Using different CSS for different kinds of links
      7m 28s
    6. Using CSS notation to organize syntax
      5m 34s
    7. Choosing a background color or image
      4m 0s
    8. Applying a repeating background image
      2m 58s
    9. Shaping the traditional page layout
      6m 38s
    10. Analyzing the traditional typographic elements on the professional sites
      5m 23s
  8. 43m 0s
    1. Designing typographic links for the modernist page
      6m 47s
    2. Making a list of links run across the page
      2m 14s
    3. Adding and removing space between the navigation links
      6m 50s
    4. Styling the inline links on the modernist page
      5m 33s
    5. Choosing a background color or image for the modernist bibliography
      4m 4s
    6. Applying a no-repeat background image
      4m 13s
    7. Shaping the modernist page layout
      6m 58s
    8. Analyzing the modernist typographic elements on the professional sites
      6m 21s
  9. 52m 53s
    1. Fixing quotation marks and apostrophes
      6m 59s
    2. Fixing dashes
      6m 33s
    3. Working with lining figures (numbers) and acronyms
      9m 28s
    4. Fixing characters that don't look right
      8m 19s
    5. Hanging punctuation
      2m 54s
    6. Applying typographic accents
      2m 36s
    7. Vertically centering text
      5m 18s
    8. Creating drop caps
      5m 59s
    9. Analyzing the typographic details on the professional sites
      4m 47s
  10. 3m 9s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 9s

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Typography for Web Designers
6h 25m Appropriate for all Jul 14, 2011

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Learn how to choose fonts for a web site and create beautiful, legible type. Author Laura Franz shares how to create designs that maximize readability (and keep visitors on the page) by paying attention to details in size, line-height, line length, alignment, color, vertical space, and more. Laura also demonstrates how to incorporate web fonts, style type with CSS, and pick fonts that work well together.

Topics include:
  • Understanding how good typography promotes reading
  • Choosing web-safe fonts
  • Applying web fonts in CSS with @font-face
  • Adding and applying the Google Fonts syntax
  • Finding and applying a good font size, line height, and line length
  • Improving a color palette by improving contrast and reducing optical vibration
  • Understanding how people mentally organize, or chunk, visual elements
  • Applying a system of hierarchy in HTML and CSS
  • Applying vertical spacing in CSS
  • Adding emphasis within a heading
  • Understanding classic and modernist typographic pages
  • Adding a list of links
  • Creating drop caps
  • Fixing quotation marks, apostrophes, and dashes
Subjects:
Typography Web Web Design Web Fonts Web Foundations
Software:
TextWrangler
Author:
Laura Franz

Using CSS notation to organize syntax

When we created the different sets of link states in the last lesson, our CSS got pretty long and the multiple A links, V links, etcetera can be hard to keep track of. So in this lesson, we're going to use CSS notation to organize our syntax. You'll need the files biblio_serif_ notation.html and biblio_serif_notation.css from the Exercise folder. You'll also need the Fonts folder with the web font files for Chopin Script.

So put a copy of your Fonts folder into the Exercise folder so Chopin Script will continue to load properly. Open up the HTML file in the browser to see what we're working with. All the links are in place and they look great. We've got the links in the navigation lists that are centered and when we roll over them, they turn italic. We've got the links in the paragraphs of text that link to external sites and when we roll over them, they get a background color.

We've also got the links to the top of the page and when we roll over them, they do not turn italic nor do they end up with a background color. Having three different kinds of links on the page means our CSS for our links has gotten pretty long. Let's take a look. The links start here and we have a lot of link syntax there. There are 10 different pseudo- class selectors for the links. We have two versions each of link and visited, and three versions each of hover and active.

So the link styling has gotten pretty long. Let's put some notes on our CSS to help separate the different versions of the links from each other. I've used them at the top. I'm going to show you how they look here. To start a notation, we use a forward slash, asterisk, and then we close it with an asterisk, forward slash. Then we can put anything we want between those two. Let's go ahead and copy this. Go back down to our links where they start.

Actually, I think our links sort of start here with the unordered list because our links are in the unordered list. So I'm going to go ahead and paste this notation here and I'm going to change this little part to NAVIGATION LINKS. I'm going to put it in all caps so it really stands out. Then let's see. We'll find where our inline links are. I start here, they're INLINE LINKS, and then further down, here we have at the .top, these are links to the top or LINKS TO TOP.

Again, I can put anything I want to between the starting characters and the ending characters. I like to put in hyphens and then put something descriptive in here usually in caps, because it makes a good break. It's almost like a headline or a sub- headline, really breaking up my syntax. It may seem odd that I've dedicated a lesson on CSS notation and of course focused on typography. But great typographers see subtleties and are willing to make small changes as needed.

This means creating a lot of classes, sets of link states, etcetera. CSS notation helps us organize our styling. It makes the job easier when we're reading our CSS. We make less mistakes. We are also less tempted to choose less syntax over better typography. CSS notation can also help us to sort of turn things on and off in our CSS, which helps us try different ways of setting type, and I'll show you how to do that now.

Using the notation syntax will not change how your page looks in the browser, as long as you make sure that you close it and as long as you make sure that you don't use it between two curly brackets. But you can use it between two curly brackets to purposely turn something off. I am going to take us up here to one of our classes, our titles class. We've used this to make the titles of all of our resources italic. But let's try turning that off now.

Forward slash, asterisk, and at the end of it, asterisk, forward slash. You can see that line gets grayed out. If I save this and go to my browser and refresh, my titles are no longer italic. I've turned them off in the CSS. Let's go back and turn them back on. All I have to do is delete those characters. I can save and review it in my browser by refreshing and now my italics are back.

So notations can be used both to organize your styling and to sort of turn things on and off in the CSS. This can help you explore new typographic solutions. Notations in CSS are a good idea. They're professional, helpful, and allow others to work with or learn from your syntax. This is great when you're working in a team or sharing files with others. So CSS notation, as simple as it seems, really helps us create better typography on our web pages.

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