CSS: The Missing Manual by David McFarland

By David McFarland

Cascading type Sheets can flip humdrum web pages into highly-functional, professional-looking locations, yet many designers in basic terms deal with CSS as window-dressing to spruce up their site's visual appeal. you could faucet into the true strength of this device with CSS: The lacking Manual. This moment variation combines crystal-clear factors, real-world examples, and dozens of step by step tutorials to teach you the way to layout websites with CSS that paintings continually throughout browsers. Witty and unique, this moment variation grants up to date professional options. You'll learn the way to:
* Create HTML that's less complicated, makes use of much less code, is search-engine pleasant, and works good with CSS
* type textual content via altering fonts, colours, font sizes, and including borders
* flip basic HTML hyperlinks into advanced and tasty navigation bars -- entire with rollover effects
* Create powerful picture galleries and lighting tricks, together with drop shadows
* wake up to hurry on CSS three homes that paintings within the most modern browser versions
* construct advanced layouts utilizing CSS, together with multi-column designs
* variety websites for printing

With CSS: The lacking Manual, moment variation, you'll locate all-new on-line educational pages, increased CSS three insurance, and wide aid for Firefox, Safari, and different significant net browsers, together with net Explorer eight. how to use CSS successfully to construct new web pages, or refurbish previous websites which are due for an improve.

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For example, color:red, color: red, and color: red all work. Note: Don’t forget to end each property/value pair with a semicolon: color: red; Leaving off that semicolon can trip up browsers, breaking your style sheet and ruining the look of your web page. Don’t worry, this mistake is very common—just make sure you use a CSS validator, as described in the box on the next page. Understanding Style Sheets Of course, a single style won’t transform a web page into a work of art. It may make your paragraphs red, but to infuse your websites with great design, you need many different styles.

HTML Present: Scaffolding for CSS No matter what content your web page holds—the fishing season calendar, driving directions to the nearest IKEA, or pictures from your kid’s birthday party—it’s the page’s design that makes it look like either a professional enterprise or a parttimer’s hobby. Good design enhances the message of your site, helps visitors find what they’re looking for, and determines how the rest of the world sees your website. That’s why web designers went through the contortions described in the previous section to force HTML to look good.

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(for division) tag indicates any discrete block of content, much like a paragraph or a headline. But more often it’s used to group any number of other elements, so you can insert a headline, a bunch of paragraphs, and a bulleted list inside a single

block. The

tag is a great way to subdivide a page into logical areas, like a banner, footer, sidebar, and so on. Using CSS, you can later position each area to create sophisticated page layouts (a topic that’s covered in Part 3 of this book).

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