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What’s New in HTML & CSS: Gradients, Transitions, Animations & More

[This class has been removed from our schedule, as the new elements of HTML5 & CSS3 have been absorbed into our Web Development Level 1 & CSS Intensive classes, as well as our Mobile & Responsive class.] 

HTML5 offers semantic ease-of-coding, and other powerful features. Similarly, CSS3 offers us more sophisticated properties and elegant solutions for styling and even animating elements.

Learn how to better structure your page content with semantic elements, how to include native audio and video content, and how to implement client-side validation of forms without JavaScript. Create drop shadows, text shadows, rounded corners, semi-transparent elements, and gradient backgrounds purely with CSS. New CSS Transforms, CSS Transitions, and CSS Keyframes let you produce simple animated effects without JavaScript or Flash (we don’t cover full-blown ad banner style animation in this class though).

This advanced level course is ideal for people who have experience coding webpages but want to update their HTML and CSS skills and learn current best practices. Knowledge equivalent to our Web Development Level 2 class is highly recommended, as is some experience with hand coding.

  • Flow text between columns, and create reflections with CSS3.

  • Use new HTML5 form tag elements to automatically add client-side validation without JavaScript.

  • Create beautiful pages with multiple backgrounds.

  • Learn when and how to use native HTML5 video tags with appropriate fallbacks.

  • HTML5 adds many new semantic tags to help keep your content organized.

Upcoming Classes

  • No classes scheduled at this time.

Price: $650 Click for Discounts

  • 12 hours of Hands-On Training
  • Custom Written Workbook Included
  • Mac or PC

We Literally Wrote the Book!

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To make the perfect class we had to write our own workbooks which are included with each class.

Can’t take a class? Our workbooks are the next best thing.

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Section 1
Intro to HTML5 Semantic Elements


  • HTML5’s Streamlined Doctype
  • The Outline Algorithm
  • The Header, Nav, Aside & Footer Elements
  • Article vs. Section
  • The Main Element
  • Figure & Figcaption
  • Validation
Styling the New Elements


  • The Simplified Style Tag
  • The Child Selector
HTML5 Enabling Script (Shiv)


  • X-UA-Compatible Meta Tag
  • Using the HTML5 Enabling Script (Shiv) for Internet Explorer
  • Setting New Semantic Elements’ Display to Block

Section 2
Setting up SolarFlare


  • HTML5 Sectioning Overview
  • Using the HTML5 Boilerplate
  • Using Divs for Presentation
Getting Started with CSS3


  • Rounded Corners with Border-Radius
  • Drop Shadows with Box-Shadow
  • The CSS3 Gradient Stack
  • Using the IE Filter for Gradients
CSS3 Multiple Backgrounds


  • Working with Multiple Backgrounds
  • Combining Gradients with Multiple Backgrounds
  • Using the HTML5 Boilerplate Class .oldie
Using the RGBA Color Model & Modernizr


  • Using RGBA for Backgrounds
  • Using Modernizr
Section 3
RGBA for Gradients & Shadows


  • RGBA for Gradients
  • RGBA for Box Shadow & Text Shadow
CSS Opacity Rollovers


  • Setting the Opacity of Elements
  • Changing Opacity on Hover
  • Refining Styles for Navigation
CSS Transitions


  • Transition-Property
  • Transition-Duration
  • Transition Shorthand & the Transition Stack
CSS Transforms & Transitions


  • The Scale Transform
  • The Rotation Transform
  • Modifying the Transform Origin
  • Transitioning Transforms
CSS Animations Using @Keyframe


  • Using CSS @Keyframes
  • Animation-Name
  • Animation-Duration
  • Animation-Timing-Function
  • Hail, Ceaser! A CSS Easing Animation Tool
Section 4
HTML5 Forms


  • The Placeholder Attribute
  • The Required Attribute
  • New Input Types: Email
  • Using Attribute Selectors
  • The Pattern Attribute & Regular Expressions
  • Client Side Validation—No JavaScript Necessary
Adding Rich Media: Audio


  • The Audio Element
  • Autoplay & Controls
  • The Source Attribute
  • MP3 vs. Ogg Vorbis
  • Using a JavaScript Polyfill for IE 8
Adding Rich Media: Video


  • The Video Element
  • Autoplay & Controls
  • The Source Attribute
  • Theora Video vs. H.264 Encoding
  • Using a JavaScript Polyfill for IE 8

Why Train With Noble?

27 Years of Experience

Noble Desktop has been teaching computer graphics and web development since 1991. In all those years we have perfected the craft of teaching. If students get hung up on any issue, we tweak the class to make it work better. Every instructor uses the same time-tested curriculum we have developed. Ask around: Noble Desktop has a stellar reputation for exceptional computer graphics training.

Our Teaching Method is Better

We don't ask you to simply "follow along," copying what the instructor does. Instead we ask you to focus 100% attention on the lesson at hand. Only after the lesson do you then put into practice what you have learned by working on a computer with our step-by-step workbooks. This "learn, then practice" method results in the student learning and retaining much more than traditional "follow along" classes.

We Wrote the Book Ourselves

Most of our classes include a custom training workbook written by our top instructors. Take it home with you: with step-by-step exercises and power-user keyboard shortcut guides, it’s like having a refresher course right on your desk. We wrote the book ourselves because we couldn't find any book that was good enough. Now our books are being used by other schools and training centers worldwide.

We Provide Computers, Mac or PC

Since when did training centers expect you to "bring a laptop"? Noble Desktop has always had classrooms full of computers, Mac and PC. Each computer is loaded with software and has a 19-inch monitor. The next time you are asked to "bring a laptop," ask why you aren't being provided a computer. Noble Desktop always has up-to-date equipment in our state-of-the-art classrooms.

Not Just Anyone Can Teach

All our instructors are working professionals who bring on-the-job experience to the classroom. But we don't just let anyone teach a course. How many experts do you know who can't teach? We've learned to audition and test our instructors. Only after they have been through our screening process will they be put in front of students. And they are required to use our time-tested curriculum, assuring a positive learning experience for all our students. Read our instructor bios.

Money-Back Guarantee

We’re the only school to offer an unconditional money-back guarantee. If within the first half of the class you don’t absolutely love it, we’ll give you a full refund. Please note any request needs to be made before the halfway point of any class.

We Are NY State-Licensed, and Adobe Authorized

When looking at a computer training school, check to see if they are NY State-licensed. Any school in New York should be licensed by law. Noble Desktop follows state-issued guidelines for curriculum development and teacher licensing. Adobe Authorized means our instructors have passed the rigorous Adobe Certification Exam, and that we follow Adobe's quality-control standards.

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