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Course Workbook

Web Development Level 1

Building Websites with HTML5 & CSS3

Web development level1 v2.2 2x
eBook $49
Print $65
Print + eBook $75
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You write HTML and CSS code to create webpages. In this book we’ll introduce you to what HTML and CSS are and how to code. We focus on best practices for structuring the content of your webpages with HTML and then styling the content with CSS. Once you have the basics under your belt, you'll move on to real-world page layout. You’ll learn text and link styles, centered page layout, background images, CSS-based navigation, forms, uploading files via FTP, and much more. We will provide you with all the content and prepared images for use in these projects but this book will essentially give you hands-on practice coding websites from scratch all the way through uploading them to make them live. This course workbook can be completed in any code editor.

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac & PC)
ISBN: 978-1-941333-17-4

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Setup & Introduction
Downloading the Class Files
Website Fundamentals
  • What are HTML & CSS?
  • The structure of an HTML tag
  • Graphic file formats
  • File naming conventions
HTML vs. XHTML Syntax
  • Differences between HTML & XHTML syntax
Before You Begin
  • Choosing a code editor to work in
  • Downloading the latest browsers
  • Supported browsers
  • Required software
  • Recommended software
  • Installing packages into Sublime Text to boost functionality
Section 1
Setting Up: Do This Before Other Exercises!
  • Setting up your class files
Coding Basics: Intro to HTML Syntax
  • The HTML, head, title, & body tags
  • Headings, paragraphs, & lists
  • strong & em tags
  • The doctype declaration (DTD)
  • The lang attribute
  • The meta tag & the unicode character set
Coding Links: Absolute & Relative URLs
  • Anchor tags & hrefs
  • Linking to other websites
  • Linking to pages within a website
  • Opening a link in a new browser window/tab
Adding Images
  • The break tag
  • The image tag & source attribute
  • Using the width, height, & alt attributes
  • Using horizontal rules
Intro to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • The style tag
  • Tag selectors
  • font-size, font-family, color & line-height properties
  • Hexadecimal color codes
Section 2
CSS Class Selectors
  • The class attribute
  • CSS class selectors
  • The span tag
The Div Tag & Basic Page Formatting
  • Creating divisions with the div tag
  • Setting a div width
  • CSS background-color
  • Adding padding inside a div
  • Centering content
  • CSS borders
  • CSS shorthand & the DRY principle
Using Browser Developer Tools
  • Opening the DevTools in Chrome
  • Editing HTML in the DevTools Elements panel
  • Enabling, disabling, & editing CSS in the DevTools
  • Using DevTools to fine tune your CSS
HTML5 Semantic Elements
  • The outline algorithm
  • The header, nav, aside, & footer elements
  • Understanding articles and sections
  • The main element
  • The figure & figcaption elements
  • Validation
Section 3
Fluid Layout & Max-Width
  • Making images fluid
  • divs for presentational style
  • Assigning IDs to divs
  • Assigning max-width to content
  • Hexadecimal shorthand
Revolution Travel: Real-World Layout
  • Organizing content into semantic sections
  • Adding images
  • Tagging headings
The Box Model
  • What is the box model?
  • Setting div width
  • Fixing a display issue in Internet Explorer
  • Setting page defaults for font styles
  • Padding & margin spacing
Floats & Images
  • Adding a hero image
  • Fluid images
  • Floating images
  • Class selectors
  • Margins
Section 4
Coding Links: Images & Page Jumps
  • Anchor tags & relative URLs
  • Wrapping links around images
  • External links (using the target attribute)
  • Links within a page
Styling Links
  • Styling the anchor tag
  • The :link, :visited, :active, and :hover pseudo-classes
  • LoVe/HAte: ordering link styles
Styling the Navigation
  • Semantically correct navigation
  • Overriding default list styles
  • CSS navigation styles
  • Using descendant selectors
Shared CSS & Centering Content
  • Moving embedded styles into an external CSS file
  • Sharing styles across a site
  • The text-align property
  • Centering divs
Section 5
Setting the Viewport Meta Tag
  • The viewport meta tag
  • device-width
  • initial-scale
  • maximum-scale
HTML & CSS Wireframe
  • Stacking sections
  • Creating a placeholder style
  • Linking to an external stylesheet
  • Using DevTools to unpack the box model
CSS Background Images
  • CSS background images
  • background-position
  • background-repeat
  • background-size
Fun with Fonts
  • How to use Google Fonts
  • Safe fallbacks in the font stack
  • Improving line-height and margin for legibility
Section 6
Hipstirred Layout: Fine Tuning with Box Model
  • Removing default page margin
  • Setting a max-width
  • Outer & inner wrappers
  • The difference between ID & class selectors
CSS Buttons & Floats
  • Styling semantically correct navigation
  • Floats for layout
  • Float insert position
  • Simple CSS buttons
  • CSS border-radius
  • Reusing class selectors
Hipstirred: Hi-Res Images
  • Retina or HiDPI graphics (@2x images)
  • Setting HTML and CSS size to half the image’s native size
  • Hardware pixels vs. reference pixels
Uploading to a Live Website via FTP
  • What is FTP?
  • Using an FTP client & going live
Bonus Material
Form Basics
  • The form tag
  • The input & label elements
  • name & ID attributes
  • The button element
Submitting Form Data to a Server-Side Script
  • Reviewing the PHP script
  • Adding a hidden field to point to a landing page
  • Setting the form action
  • Uploading & testing the form
Spambot Resistant Email Link
  • The mailto protocol for email links
  • Why you should avoid mailto
  • Using JavaScript to encrypt an email link
Designing Your Own Styles
  • Coding CSS
  • Tips & ideas
Reference Material
Listing on Search Engines
The Box Model Explained: Padding, Margins, etc.
Links to Reference Websites, Online Tools, & More
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Examples of What You Learn

  • Learn how to layout pages with shared CSS for a unified look as well as an optimized workflow.

  • Learn best practices for fluid layouts that work across devices.

  • Create impactful layouts with full background hero images, colorful social media icons, and a clear call-to-action.

  • Learn to create and style forms.

Why Our Books Are Unique

Our books are packed with step-by-step exercises that walk you through projects. You’ll learn by doing exercises, not reading long explanations commonly found in user manuals. The goal is to give you hands-on practice with the program, getting you started quickly with the things that are most important for real life work. Our books are not a replacement for the manual, but manuals aren’t how you learn an app!

eBook $49
Print $65
Print + eBook $75
Teacher Discounts