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Basic CSSLaura MeltonOctober 14, 2003Sponsored by ASIS&T Student Chapter
AgendaIntro & CSS syntax (~15 min)Guided play (~45 min)Break (~10 min)Discussion & further resources(~30 min)Free time! (~20 min)
Who Are You?NameProgramBriefly, how much you know aboutHTML & CSS
What is CSS?A replacement for andexpansion of HTML’s limitedpreexisting styling capabilitiesW3C Recommendation since1996 (CSS1: 11/96; CSS2:05/98)
What Does “CSS” Mean?CSS stands for “Cascading StyleSheets”“Sheets” because they are often in aseparate file from HTML text“Style” because they're decoration forHTML“Cascading” because rules definedlater in a stylesheet can add to,modify, or override previous ones
What’s This “Style” Thing?“Style” defines how a browserdisplays HTML elementsBrowsers have default styles—forexample, <p></p> blocks havesome padding between them, andheading tags (<h1> etc.) are boldand bigCustom stylesheets modify thedefault presentation characteristics
What Can CSS Do?Sighted people tend to think of CSSsolely in terms of visual, on-screenstyles, but it can do much moreCSS can define foreground andbackground colors, borders,outlines, and other visual effectsIt can also affect how a page lookswhen it’s printed or when it’s readaloud by a screen reader
The Importance of CSSCSS allows authors of HTML tofocus on making their documentswell-structured, and to worry aboutpresentation laterStructured HTML (systematicallyusing heading tags for headings, forexample) facilitates access bysearch engines and screen readersClean HTML is easy to read!

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