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Course Workbook

Web Development Level 2

CSS Intensive

Web development level2 v2.1 2x
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In this book you’ll learn how to use CSS for more complex page layouts You’ll learn about best practices as you gain a deeper understanding of CSS selectors and the various CSS properties available. You’ll create multi-column layouts using floats and inline-block. Gain a deeper understanding of how block and inline elements work. Master the positioning of elements (relative, absolute, fixed) and target elements with advanced CSS selectors. Learn about newer CSS3 transitions, transforms, and animations as well as create parallax scrolling effects using only CSS. This course workbook can be completed in any code editor.

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac & PC)
ISBN: 978-1-941333-18-1

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Setup & Introduction
Downloading the Class Files
HTML vs. XHTML Syntax
  • Differences between HTML & XHTML syntax
Before You Begin
  • Supported browsers
  • Recommended software
Section 1
Setting Up: Do This Before Other Exercises!
  • Setting up your class files
Minimalist Blog: The Box Model
  • Using normalize.css
  • Linking CSS & setting page defaults with CSS
  • Fluid, hi-res images
  • Constraining the width of content
  • Adding margins, padding, & borders
  • Visualizing the box model in Chrome’s DevTools
  • Fixing spacing issues around images
Background Images & CSS Shorthand
  • Adding flair to the design with background-image
  • Modifying background-repeat
  • Managing background-size with keywords contain & cover
  • CSS shorthand for the background property
Minimalist Blog: Refining CSS Typography
  • Differentiating text with font-style
  • Unitless line-height
  • Grouping selectors using a comma separator
  • Numeric font-weight: beyond normal & bold
Creating Columns with Floats
  • Creating a 2-column layout with floats
  • Using the clear property
  • Adding a border between the columns
  • Setting the overflow property to hidden
Section 2
Introduction to Media Queries
  • Finding an appropriate breakpoint
  • Introduction to the media query
  • Using a media query to create an alternate layout
  • Max-width media queries
  • Sizing down the headings on smaller screens
The Display Property: A Deep Dive
  • Display types: block, inline, & inline-block
  • Styling the header & footer navigation the DRY way
  • Changing the display property to increase tappable area
  • Displaying the navigation side-by-side on wider screens
  • Using inline-block as an alternative to float
The Position Property: The Key to Complex Layouts
  • The static value & the normal document flow
  • The relative value
  • The absolute value
  • The dynamic duo: relative parent, absolute child
  • The fixed value
Acme Shipping: Fixed Header
  • Moving the Contact list item to the navbar’s far right
  • Creating a fixed header on wider screens
Section 3
Image Replacement
  • Replacing HTML text with CSS background images
  • Removing text with a negative text-indent value
  • Using overflow: hidden;
  • Removing text with a zero height
  • Creating a fluid image container by using proportional top padding
Using Sprites
  • CSS font shorthand
  • Writing a media query for larger screens
  • Adding a sprite
  • Resizing sprites
  • Repositioning the sprite to show different images
  • Repositioning the sprite on hover
  • Writing a media query for smaller screens
RGBA & Background Gradients
  • Adding a background image
  • Adding borders
  • RGBA values
  • Background gradients
  • Adding alpha transparency to gradients
  • Fixed backgrounds
3 Column Layout with Inline-Block
  • Displaying content in columns
  • Fine-tuning design with nested selectors
Section 4
Advanced CSS Selectors
  • Targeting with adjacent selectors
  • Targeting elements using first-child
  • Targeting with first-of-type
  • Using nth-child
  • Using nth-child & last-child
  • Pseudo-elements & the content property
  • Direct child/descendant selectors
CSS Attribute Selectors
  • Linking the links
  • Adding the link icons
  • Optimizing the background property declaration
  • ,
  • Targeting with attribute selectors
Styling Forms with Attribute Selectors
  • Styling input elements
  • Input type attributes
  • Targeting inputs using attribute selectors
  • Altering the CSS box model using box-sizing
  • The :focus pseudo class
Section 5
Using Clearfix
  • Creating columns
  • Styling the page for two columns
  • Floating the aside images
  • Adding & positioning the new badge
  • Using clearfix
  • Using border-radius to round the images
Relative Font Sizes
  • Intro to em units
  • Using em units to scale down text on large screens
  • Simplifying the code with rem units
Box-Shadow, Text-Shadow, & the Z-Index
  • Using the CSS box-shadow property
  • Changing an element’s default stack order with z-index
  • Inset shadows & multiple shadows on one element
  • Adding drop shadows to text with CSS text-shadow
  • Layering text-shadows for a detached outline effect
Hiding & Showing: Display, Visibility, & Opacity
  • Removing an element from the normal document flow with display: none
  • Hiding/showing elements with the visibility property
  • Hiding/showing elements by manipulating the opacity
  • How display, visibility, & opacity differ
Section 6
CSS3 Transitions
  • Required info: transition-property & transition-duration
  • To delay or not to delay
  • Transition shorthand & the all keyword
  • CSS vendor prefixes
  • Transitioning position coordinates
  • Adding easing with transition-timing-function
  • Adding delight to the transition with Ceaser
CSS3 Transforms with Transitions
  • Testing transforms in isolation using the DevTools
  • Adding a scale transform & transitioning it
  • Modifying the transform origin
  • Testing the rotate & skew transforms
  • Using the translate transform to nudge elements
  • Fixing anchor “flutter” by translating a child element
You Are Here: Indicating the Current Page
  • Adding a hover style to all navigation links
  • Targeting the New York page’s navigation link
  • Inserting a square before the New York link using CSS
  • Using CSS borders to create a triangle
  • Tweaking the triangle’s positioning
  • Removing the hover style from the current page’s link
Bonus Material
CSS Specificity
  • Advanced CSS specificity
  • The specificity hierarchy
  • How attribute selectors & pseudo-classes are weighted
  • Inline styles: the highest priority
  • The ultimate trump card: the !important rule
Reference Material
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Examples of What You Learn

  • Learn to write media queries to create websites that work across multiple devices.

  • Build multi-column layouts using a number of different techniques.

  • Learn how to code fixed navigation for desktops, but stacked navigation for a better mobile experience.

  • Optimize form styling with advanced CSS selectors.

  • Replace text with images to get elegant graphics and maximum SEO.

  • Use CSS Transforms and Transitions to hide, show and animate elements.

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eBook $49
Print $65
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Teacher Discounts