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Designing with Cascading Style Sheets: Fundamentals | UEWD.X406

For web designers, cascading style sheets (CSS) is an essential and mandatory coding language for controlling the presentation of a modern web site. Combined with proper HTML markup, CSS allows for precise control over web page appearance. Because a style sheet can be linked to many web pages, changing one element in a style sheet can affect the look of an entire site.

This introductory course includes demonstrations and hands-on exercises covering the application and syntax of CSS; hand-coding CSS properties for font and text formatting; backgrounds; the box model; creating vertical and horizontal navigation menus and two and three column page-layouts. Inheritance and specificity are also discussed. Consideration for designing for accessibility will be discussed.

At the end of the class, students will be able to design table-less web pages by applying cascading style sheets and will understand the techniques, which adhere to current CSS specifications.

Topics include:

  • Tools and techniques to write and validate CSS
  • Separating a page's content from the visual presentation of the page
  • External, internal, and inline styles
  • CSS selectors such as element, class, ID, pseudo-class and attribute selectors
  • CSS properties for font and text formatting, lists and backgrounds
  • Inheritance and Specificity
  • The Box Model
  • Styling Tables
  • CSS for Printing
  • Horizontal and vertical navigation bars
  • Creating two and three column layouts
  • Positioning including relative, absolute and fixed
  • Working with the z-index

Skills Needed: "HTML Fundamentals" or equivalent experience.

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Open Sections and Schedule
Start / End Date Units Cost Instructor
02-11-2022 to 03-18-2022 2.0 $715

Audrey A Blumeneau



Date: Start Time: End Time: Meeting Type: Location:
Fri, 02-11-2022 12:01 a.m. 11:59 p.m. Online Self-paced ONLINE
Fri, 03-18-2022 12:01 a.m. 11:59 p.m. Online Self-paced ONLINE