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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

Fine-tuning resume styles


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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

with Laurie Burruss

Video: Fine-tuning resume styles

So, I'm going to go through all my styles and look at the vertical spacing and try to make my website look just like I want. I told you before I'm trying to go for the one-page perfect online resume. Let's locate the h tags. Right now at the top I have it 1 em and that's a little large now that I've changed the font-size to 0.8 em. So, I'm going to change this to 0.6. Again, you may ask how do I know how to do this. I just try things out until it looks and feels the way I think it should look. So don't be afraid to change these numbers and experiment.
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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

Fine-tuning resume styles

So, I'm going to go through all my styles and look at the vertical spacing and try to make my website look just like I want. I told you before I'm trying to go for the one-page perfect online resume. Let's locate the h tags. Right now at the top I have it 1 em and that's a little large now that I've changed the font-size to 0.8 em. So, I'm going to change this to 0.6. Again, you may ask how do I know how to do this. I just try things out until it looks and feels the way I think it should look. So don't be afraid to change these numbers and experiment.

I'll type 0.6 em, click my Refresh button, and that does exactly what I want it to do, which is to tighten up those headers a little bit. Go ahead and do a File > Save All, as you are doing in each one of these. Then I'm going to go into my p tag and my ul and dl tags. So, in my p tag, since I'm working on vertical spacing right now and I know in my Margin tag that this first item here is always the top margin, I have reduced the font-size. So, I'm going to reduce the vertical margin spacing as well, to make this be proportional.

So, I'm going to change 0.35 to 0.25 and click on Refresh. I'm going to consistently do this throughout the site. I'll go down to my ul and make the top margin 0.25, and click on Refresh, and then go down to my dl or definition list and change that again to 0.25. So I'm consistently going through and marking up and styling my vertical spacing, as I go along through each one of tags. Then I want to work on the li tag.

Now the li tag is the list item for the unordered list. It's this line right here. In this particular one, I want to give it a line-height. Instead of 1.5 em, I want to reduce that down to 1.2. Remember, I'm making my font more like 10 or 12 pixels. So, if you think of this 1.2 as sort of being like 10 points over 12 points, then this would be 0.8 over 1.2, sort of the same proportions. So, I'm going to go ahead and do 1.2 and click Refresh.

And that tightens that up just a little bit more. I am going for that relative look and I'm looking at all the things around it, and in context making sure that it looks right. Then I'm going to go further on into my definition list and I'm practicing what I've been preaching all along, which is to work from the outside in on my styles. I'm starting with the largest styles first and then going inside to the children tags inside the outside parent tags. So, now looking at the dt and dds. There is only one I want to change and this in the dd.

I see again that I've left this at 35 and I want it to be consistent with my top margins. So, I'm going to make that 0.25 and go ahead and click on Refresh. And then finally, I want to make the p update work a little bit better than it's been working. And that one is right here the p#date right there. And I'm going to look at it over here. And remember this is this one right here. I want that to have a little bit better margins than to what it has right now. So, I'm going to go into the margin.

I don't need quite as big as space as I currently have. That was from the other layouts. So, I'm going to go in here and in the top margin and make that 25 pixels and in the bottom, since I now have the rounded rectangle image, and that adds about 20 pixels, I can reduce the size of this and I'm going to make it 10 pixels and then click on my Refresh button. So, I've now eliminated some space here and brought some of the space down in here. I can now go back into Design view and do a File > Save All and give it one more cursory but critical look, to make sure that everything is flowing the way I want it to look.

And notice by changing the unordered list, it's also changed the flow of this content area in here as well. So you want to keep checking things, because remember this is fluid, not rigid design work that you are doing in typography. You have to be flexible and adjust with what the browsers and with what the user screens and the page are doing at all times. Now, I need to check it one more time in Firefox and when I go back out here, it looks really good. I'm very happy with this. It's a nice, tight but it has a good use of negative and positive space, has clear headers, has clear content areas, I've pulled out some of my top computer skills and my contact information is much easier to see now.

So I'm very happy with this website. The last few things I need to do are some organizational things behind the scenes. So that I can see what I've done when I come back two or three months later and need to update this.

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