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Spring Into HTML and CSS

Learn to take control of your website's design through cascading style sheets By Don Lee
Spring Into HTML and CSS
Spring Into HTML and CSS by Molly E. Holzschlag will help you design more efficient and professional looking websites quickly. Click the image to purchase the book.

If youve ever thought about designing a website, then youre probably familiar with HTML (hyper text markup language). HTML is the easiest to master quickly because many of the most used tags are easily remembered and with WYSIWYG website design tools like Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe GoLive and Microsoft FrontPage, theres many ways a beginner can choose to create their own website.

From my years of web design experience, Ive realized that the best and most cost efficient way to learn webs design is by using a plain text editor and a basic FTP (file transfer protocol) program you can download from the internet.

The reason why it is good to learn how to code is because it can teach you proper web design techniques and provide a better technical understanding. By writing the source code, you can quickly detect and fix many web design errors in various projects. Plus, learning cascading style sheets can do some really cool things thatll add some pizzazz to your website.

Lets Get Coding
Learning the basics of HTML coding will help you later down the line so lets start with that first. Its more than HTML coding, you learn the fine details of being able read and modify existing code. During your web designing career, this skill will come in handy when you have to step in and fix some website issues or do an entire redesign. So take notice thats its just as important to decipher the code as well as it is to write it.

The first six chapters of the book is dedicated to standard HTML tags. If youre just starting out learning web design, you should read through these early chapters because it will help you understand the syntax of CSS. Chapter one starts you off building your first web page by adding text, HTML links, images and other forms of multimedia. Chapter two demonstrates how you add text and links to your web page. Chapter three shows how to add images multimedia and scripts into the source code.

After youve worked through the basic elements of a web page, youre now ready to get your hands dirty with some cascading style sheets.

Beginning with chapter seven, you begin to see how to incorporate cascading style sheets into your website. The chapter demonstrates how to add style sheet info to your existing website, how you can quickly change the look of your site through CSS elements.

Chapter eight shows how you can utilize CSS to control images and color within your web page. Since youve been surfing the web, youve probably become accustomed to the typical scrolling background. You know, the kind of background that scrolls along with you as youre moving towards the bottom of the page. With CSS, you can control that background image so it does not scroll. So imagine that youve created this really great piece of art that would look fabulous as the background image of your site. The problem is that you would have to figure out a way to make it into a seamless tile to use it as a background image. Using CSS code, you can set the background images positioning then set the image not to repeat. Yes, theres some pretty slick stuff you can do with CSS.

Chapter nine covers text styling using CSS such as setting certain fonts, sizes and positioning. Youre probably used to doing this via borderless HTML tables but that can be very difficult when trying to position text to a very specific position on the page. This is one of the techniques commonly found across the internet because its very easy to implement and gives your text a fresh look.


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