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Web Authoring: HTML - Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for Beginners (Level 2)


This is a practical-based course for anyone with a basic understanding of HTML. The course will introduce Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and show how they can (and should) be used effectively when creating web pages. The course teaches how to write CSS from scratch using a basic Text Editor. By the end of the course participants will have adapted a small website consisting of four pages so that it is styled using a single Cascading Style Sheet. Course participants will have the opportunity to publish these using DS-Web.

Target audience
  • All current University members (departments and colleges)
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available

Familiarity with writing basic HTML as covered in the following course:

Topics covered
  • How HTML content and CSS style work together
  • How CSS works (inline, internal and externally linked)
  • The structure of CSS (selectors, properties and values)
  • Annotating CSS
  • Text (size and font)
  • Colour (text and background color)
  • Using Hexadecimal, RGB and RGBA Colours
  • Implementing Class and ID Selectors
  • Implementing and styling Fonts
  • Using Google Fonts
  • Introducing ems <em> and how to use them
  • Background images and textures
  • Borders, margins and padding (thinking about HTML as “boxes”)
  • Positioning elements on the page
  • Common Image Properties
  • Resizing and optimising images using online Photo Editor
  • Uploading your personal web pages to DS-Web

Presentation followed by practical work

Taught using

Notepad ++, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome on MCS Windows

  • The practical work will be done on PCs unless otherwise specified, although the course is platform independent and therefore suitable also for Mac and Linux users.
  • If you would like to take away a copy of the Web page you create, please bring a USB memory stick. If you can logon to your MCS account, you will have an opportunity to set up your Web pages using DS-Web on that account.

One half day session

Related courses
Web Publishing & Management

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