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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

Creating the Header div


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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

with Laurie Burruss

Video: Creating the Header div

At this point, let's take a moment to look at a drawing, or wireframe, of the layout that we're trying to create. The div tags, or boxes, give you an idea of what we are trying to achieve. In this layout, we want the name on the resume to have its own box, or div, or division called the 'header.' We also want to create two columns: a column or div on the left with the main content of the resume called 'content,' and a column on the right with additional skills called 'sidebar.' We are going to achieve this effect using the float property and in order to use the float, one div moves up in the flow of the document and one needs a margin to allow the other div to float up.
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  1. 9m 10s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 57s
    3. Creating a custom font list
      3m 23s
  2. 23m 7s
    1. Overview
      1m 52s
    2. Distributing your resume
      3m 29s
    3. Resume formats
      6m 43s
    4. Comparing good and bad resumes
      11m 3s
  3. 38m 0s
    1. Striving for fluidity, not rigidity
      5m 12s
    2. Font types, web-safe fonts, and font measurements
      10m 44s
    3. Principles of typography
      10m 35s
    4. Online resources and applications
      11m 29s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Setting up the web site folder
      2m 46s
    2. Defining the web site
      3m 43s
    3. Setting up a custom workspace
      5m 26s
    4. Creating a new web page with resume content
      4m 56s
    5. Marking up header tags
      3m 53s
    6. Inserting tags for unordered lists
      3m 43s
    7. Inserting tags for definition lists
      3m 12s
    8. Formatting URLs
      5m 23s
    9. Creating and linking an external style sheet
      5m 9s
    10. Styling the body tag
      15m 31s
    11. Styling the header tags
      8m 6s
    12. Styling the paragraph tags
      4m 3s
    13. Styling an unordered list
      3m 48s
    14. Styling a definition list
      6m 1s
    15. Creating a custom class style
      4m 20s
    16. Creating a custom ID style
      3m 32s
    17. Applying a print-specific CSS layout
      2m 54s
  5. 52m 24s
    1. Creating a new document in Fireworks
      6m 15s
    2. Creating a background tile in Fireworks using Gradient Fill and Texture Fill
      5m 59s
    3. Slicing background tiles in Fireworks
      2m 37s
    4. Optimizing and exporting background tiles in Fireworks
      6m 12s
    5. Creating background tiles using online applications
      6m 5s
    6. Creating a page-like resume
      3m 50s
    7. Deleting unneeded CSS styles for this resume version
      1m 56s
    8. Adding a Wrapper div
      3m 33s
    9. Styling the Wrapper div
      8m 52s
    10. Controlling the vertical spacing
      1m 24s
    11. Zeroing out margins and creating a faux drop shadow
      5m 41s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. Setting up the HTML and CSS documents
      2m 15s
    2. Deleting unneeded CSS styles for the pro version
      1m 12s
    3. Creating the Header div
      3m 37s
    4. Creating the Content div
      2m 25s
    5. Creating the Sidebar div
      2m 20s
    6. Styling the Wrapper and Sidebar divs
      4m 56s
    7. Styling the Content div
      3m 7s
    8. Styling the Header div
      3m 33s
    9. Nesting a div tag inside the Sidebar div and styling the sidebar content
      6m 21s
    10. Inserting images to create rounded page edges
      4m 12s
    11. Styling images
      3m 59s
    12. Clearing floats
      3m 55s
    13. Creating font-size style for the Body tag
      2m 13s
    14. Fine-tuning resume styles
      4m 38s
    15. Adding a border to the Content div
      2m 38s
    16. Linking to a PDF
      4m 58s
    17. Organizing styles in the CSS panel and inserting comments in the style sheet
      4m 42s
    18. Creating and styling a print style sheet
      8m 56s
  7. 1m 33s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 33s

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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training
4h 40m Intermediate Sep 24, 2009

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In Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training, interactive design professor and enthusiastic educator Laurie Burruss teaches how to produce an online resume—and create a first web site in the process. Laurie suggests structure and information needed to create a winning resume, and shows how to design the pages with simple typographic principles and effective layouts. She explains how to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and control the design and structure of HTML documents through hands-on development. Exercise files with additional supporting materials accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating a simple text document for use inside Dreamweaver
  • Formatting HTML tags with semantic or meaningful markup such as unordered and definition lists
  • Externally linking a Cascading Style Sheet to a web page
  • Creating and applying unique styles to XHTML documents using HTML tags, compound selectors, custom classes, and IDs
  • Creating tiling background images in Fireworks
  • Using the DIV tag in combination with CSS to create effective layouts that organize content
  • Applying principles of web typography
Subject:
Web
Author:
Laurie Burruss

Creating the Header div

At this point, let's take a moment to look at a drawing, or wireframe, of the layout that we're trying to create. The div tags, or boxes, give you an idea of what we are trying to achieve. In this layout, we want the name on the resume to have its own box, or div, or division called the 'header.' We also want to create two columns: a column or div on the left with the main content of the resume called 'content,' and a column on the right with additional skills called 'sidebar.' We are going to achieve this effect using the float property and in order to use the float, one div moves up in the flow of the document and one needs a margin to allow the other div to float up.

Back in Dreamweaver, let's start by creating our first div area, which is for the header. Let's go into Split view so you can see what's going on in both Code view and in Design view. If I select Takashi Ito, the name of the person on the resume, and this is where I want to put my header box, notice that in Design view it selects the text but in Code view I do not get the opening and closing tag for h1 selected. I want to make sure that my div box, or header box, goes completely around all of this content, including the tags.

So I'm going to go in Code view and select both the closing and opening tag for h1, then come up to your Insert bar and locate in the Common area, the Insert Div Tag button, click on it. The Insert Div Tag dialog box opens, Dreamweaver has already made a guess that you have a selection and that you want to wrap the div tags around the selection, and that's correct. Now, don't get confused here by Class or ID. Remember a Class is a style you can use many, many times, but we use IDs only once per page.

And layout, or div boxes, is a perfect example of something that you would only use once per page. We're going to give it a meaningful name, and in this case that name would be header. Then click OK. In the Design view, you can see that in fact we have now done that and, because of that negative indent, it's still hanging out over this. So we have successfully created a div box by the name of 'header.' We can also see, down in the Tag Inspector, that we have succeeded in putting the h1 tag inside of this header, or division box.

It's nested inside and it's showing that in the lineup right here. You have to think of this as sort of like that story of there was an old woman who lived in a shoe. So h1 lives inside of the header, which lives inside of the wrapper, which lives inside of the body. This is a good way to remember to read from right to left to understand how your tags are nested in the cascade. The next thing we want to do is we're going to be creating a lot of divs for content areas and for areas of our web page. So we want to make sure that we identify where the closing tags are.

I'm going to insert my I-beam just before the close tag for the header div. Then I'll come over to the Code toolbar, select Apply Comment, and then choose Apply HTML Comment. Where the blinking I-beam is I'm going to type 'close header.' This will keep my div tags' opening and closing very organized and make it easy for me to see what's going on in this page as I begin to add more and more div tags. Go ahead and click on Refresh, and as you can see, this comment doesn't change anything in Design view.

It's just a notation for the web designer or developer to understand how they were thinking as they were laying out their page. The last thing we want to do is come up to File > Save All. Now we're ready to start creating our two column look.

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