Advanced CSS Training

Advanced CSS Training

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Course Length: 2 days
Delivery Methods: Available as private class only
Course Benefits
  • Learn to position elements with CSS.
  • Learn advanced CSS page layout techniques.
  • Learn how to use shorthand CSS properties.
  • Learn to create cool effects with background images using CSS.
  • Learn to lay out forms without tables.
  • Learn to use CSS with lists to create hierarchical navigation.
  • Learn to organize your CSS code.
  • Learn about browser support for CSS.
Course Overview

In this advanced CSS training class, students will learn to use CSS to format forms, create list-based navigation, do advanced page layouts, and create stunning background effects. Students will also learn about CSS coding conventions and shorthand properties.

Course Outline
  1. Positioning and Visibility
    1. Element Flow
    2. Position
      1. Absolute Positioning
      2. Relative Positioning
      3. Fixed Positioning
    3. Exercise: Positioning
    4. Z-index
    5. Display
    6. Visibility
    7. Float
    8. Clear
  2. Advanced CSS Page Layout
    1. Resetting Styles
    2. Full Width Layouts
      1. Two-column
      2. Three-column
    3. Exercise: Positioning the Headings
    4. Fixed Width Layouts
    5. A Recommendation on Positioning
    6. Exercise: Laying Out a Page - The Power of Float
      1. Other Methods of Layout
    7. CSS Text Columns
    8. Flexible Box Model
    9. Exercise: Flexible Box Layout
  3. Media Queries
    1. Media Queries
      1. What Are Media Queries?
      2. The Viewport Meta Tag
      3. A First Example
      4. Responsive Design
    2. Exercise: Responsive Design for a Simple Blog
    3. Image Widths
    4. Exercise: Responsive Design for a Simple Blog (Three Views)
  4. CSS Shorthand Properties
    1. What is CSS Shorthand?
      1. Benefits of Using CSS Shorthand
      2. Value Order of CSS Shorthand Properties
      3. CSS Initial Values
    2. Shorthand Margin and Padding
    3. Shorthand Border
    4. Shorthand Backgrounds
    5. Shorthand Fonts
    6. Shorthand Lists
    7. Exercise: Using Shorthand
  5. CSS Lists as Hierarchical Navigation
    1. Menus as Lists
    2. CSS Horizontal Menu
    3. CSS Vertical Menu
    4. CSS Dynamic Menus
      1. CSS Dropdown Menu
      2. CSS Flyout Menu
    5. Exercise: Combining Dropdown and Flyout Menus
    6. CSS3 Menus
      1. Dropdown Menus
      2. A Mobile-Friendly Menu
    7. Accessibility
  6. CSS Background Tricks
    1. Rounded Corner Boxes
      1. Fixed-width Rounded Corner Boxes
      2. Rounded Corners with CSS
      3. Mountaintop Corners
    2. Exercise: Creating a Rooftop Panel
    3. Tabbed Navigation
    4. Exercise: Tabbed Navigation: Rounding the Corners
    5. Drop Shadows
      1. CSS Drop Shadows: The box-shadow Property
    6. CSS Sprites
    7. Background Opacity and Images
      1. The opacity Property
    8. Exercise: Using HSL and Opacity
      1. Backgrounds
    9. Exercise: Multiple Background Images with background-clip, background-origin, and background-size
  7. Laying out and Styling Forms with CSS
    1. Laying out the Questions
    2. Creating the Form
      1. HTML
      2. Form Fields
    3. Adding the Form Fields
    4. Reset Revisited
    5. Styling the Form
    6. Exercise: Expanding the Form
  8. CSS Best Practices
    1. Considerations
    2. Use CSS
    3. Use External Style Sheets
    4. Organize Your Style Sheets/Preprocessors
    5. Exercise: Using Sass
    6. ID the Body
    7. Use CSS Shorthand
    8. Combine CSS Rules
    9. Use a CSS Reset
    10. Use the "LoVe HAte" Rule
    11. Use HTML Lists for Navigation Menus
    12. Avoid CSS Hacks
    13. Use a CSS Compressor
    14. Use a Master Style Sheet
    15. Summary of Best Practices
  9. Browser-compatibility Issues
    1. Quirks Mode
      1. Controlling Browser Modes
      2. Design Strategy
    2. Internet Explorer Conditional Statements
    3. Common Browser Bugs / Issues
      1. Positioning Legends
Class Materials

Each student will receive a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and all the class examples.

Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this CSS class:

  • HTML
  • Basic CSS
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