CSS Fundamentals (2011)

with James Williamson
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CSS Fundamentals (2011)
Video duration: 0s 3h 14m Beginner Updated Dec 13, 2011


This course contains a high-level overview of Cascading Style Sheets, while exploring the basic concepts, terminology, and tools of the language. Beginning with an exploration of CSS syntax, author James Williamson explains how CSS modifies text, borders, backgrounds, and color; demonstrates CSS and HTML integration; and contextualizes the current state of CSS. The course also tours some of the most popular CSS editors and frameworks and lists online tools and resources for further study. This course is for people who want a big-picture overview before taking hands-on courses.

Topics include:
  • Understanding basic selector types
  • Integrating CSS with HTML
  • Examining browser rendering differences
  • Exploring CSS specifications
  • Checking browser support
  • Understanding the box model
  • Adjusting margins and padding
  • Positioning elements
  • Exploring basic layout concepts
  • Understanding media queries
  • Introducing CSS3
  • Using CSS Reset


Hi! I am James Williamson, Adobe Certified Instructor and lynda.com Senior Author. I want to welcome you to CSS Fundamentals. This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts, terminology, and tools for CSS. It's perfect for anyone who is new to CSS and is looking for a good starting point, or for anyone who needs a high-level overview of Cascading Style Sheets. We will start by exploring some of the basics of CSS, what it is, the basic syntax, and how it works within browsers.

Next, we will explore CSS in more detail, with an overview of how CSS has evolved over the years, the current state of CSS, and where to find CSS specifications, and how to read them. After that, we will focus on the terminology and common concepts found in Cascading Style Sheets. This will give you a solid foundation as you explore this subject further. Finally, I'll give you an overview of some of the most popular CSS editors and introduce you to some of the online tools and resources that can help you become more productive with CSS.

CSS is one of my favorite subjects, and I am really looking forward to showing you how important CSS is to web design and how easy it is to learn. Let's dive in.

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Q: This course was updated on 12/13/2011. Can you tell me what has changed?
A: One movie called "Who is this course for?" was added to provide information on what you can expect to get from the course, depending on your level of familiarity with CSS.
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