For people who participated in last week's exercises, thank you so much. Anybody who discovered options not working the way they should be got 10 DW points.
Reading for the Week
This week's class is a day late, because I've been working on filling out the following reading aimed at people who need to learn the basics of CSS and HTML:
They are still not complete yet, in my opinion, and I'll be completing them as people start asking questions and needing guidance. I hope that we can work together on this, since I've never taught HTML/CSS from scratch before--if you have something you feel should be added, feel free to edit the wiki pages. Because so many of you are new to this, this portion of the class will span two weeks (as stated last week). This week, let's concentrate on getting a grasp on the basics of HTML and simpler CSS declarations, for those who don't know it yet. Next week, we'll go more in depth on topics that people ask about or need this week, and possibly throw in some bonus teachings on interesting new CSS3 rules.
Okay, for those of you who need a little crash course in HTML and CSS, CSS Lesson 1. It's a little bundle of files. When you unzip the folder, you'll find:
- examples.html -- The HTML file to work with.
- css/examples.css -- Edit this file in order to change the styling in the HTML file.
- exercises.txt -- Has a list of exercises for people new to CSS to try. Note: centering the bigger image might be a little tricky if you're new to CSS, so don't be ashamed. I'll give solutions (and new exercises) next week.
If you are already pretty proficient with HTML and CSS, please get some practice with Browser Developing Tools if you don't know how to use them! Play around with exploring your journal and its current HTML/CSS. Test making out on-the-fly changes.
seleneheart has also prepared something very nice: an annotated version of the CSS for two different layout themes.