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CSS Basics

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Overview

This course is part of W3C's "Front-End Web Developer" Professional Certificate and Microsoft's Professional Program Certificate in Front-End Web Development.

Have you just begun your journey into Web development? This course will introduce you to the basics of Web design and teach you how to style your Web site for a professional look and feel.

The Microsoft team and experts from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) will guide you step-by-step in using the latest Web standards to structure your content and presentation like a professional. In this course, you will explore numerous CSS features to help you control the look and feel of your site such as colors, fonts and layout. By the end of the course, you should understand all the fundamental elements of CSS and how to use them effectively.

It is recommended that you are at least a little familiar with HTML before taking this course, but we will be providing you with the HTML code when necessary.

Syllabus

Module 1: Getting started with CSS

  • What is CSS?
  • Why is CSS important?

Module 2: Building CSS rules

  • HTML review
  • Building a CSS rule
  • Attaching CSS to HTML using selectors
  • Applying styles using CSS properties

Module 3: Specific HTML targeting with CSS selectors

  • Using HTML classes and IDs
  • CSS pseudo-classes
  • Combining selectors

Module 4: Layout and positioning

  • The basics of layout
  • Floating elements
  • Relative positioning

Module 5: Designing your Web site for your audience

  • The basics of design
  • Designing for your audience
  • Why accessibility is important
  • Why internationalization is important
  • Historical Web design trends
  • Current Web design trends

Taught by

Kasey Champion

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