Beginning HTML with CSS and XHTML: Modern Guide and by Craig Cook

By Craig Cook

This HTML ebook is meant to be the cornerstone in any sleek aspiring net builders library. So why one other HTML publication? the answer's that internet improvement has replaced with the appearance of net criteria, that means lot of the outdated books at the moment are obsolete—all the code and methods contained inside this booklet are strictly criteria compliant and most sensible perform, so the reader isn't really taught outmoded, undesirable strategies, and their websites will paintings adequately in so much internet browsers, be lean and small in dossier measurement, obtainable to internet clients with disabilities, and simply findable by means of se's similar to Google. This ebook makes use of functional examples to teach readers the right way to constitution information competently utilizing (X)HTML, and the fundamentals of styling it and laying it out utilizing Cascading variety Sheets (CSS,) and including dynamic habit to it utilizing JavaScript…as fast as attainable. it's also valuable to more matured internet developers—there are entire reference tables in the back of the e-book.

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The sometimes-complex interplay between specificity and the cascade can make CSS challenging to work with in the beginning, but once you understand the basic rules, it all becomes second nature. You’ll learn more about the cascade order later in this chapter, but first we’ll explain how you can attach style sheets to your XHTML documents. Attaching Style Sheets to Your Documents To style your pages with CSS, you’ll also need to connect your style sheets to your documents. When a graphical browser downloads the XHTML document and parses it for rendering, it will automatically seek out CSS rules to instruct it on how the various elements should be presented.

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However, you should avoid using inline styles. They mix presentation with your structural markup, thus negating one of the primary advantages of using CSS. fm Page 33 Friday, May 25, 2007 5:17 AM C H APTE R 2 ■ XH T ML A ND CS S BA SI CS consistent presentation. Should you ever want to update the site in the future—changing all your headings from red to blue, for example—you would need to track down every single heading in every single document to implement that change, a daunting task on a large and complex website.

It was an entirely different language; one specifically intended to describe how HTML documents should be visually presented while leaving the structural markup clean and meaningful. A style sheet written in CSS can be applied to an HTML or XHTML document, adding an attractive layer of visual design without negatively impacting the markup that serves as its foundation. Separating content from presentation allows both aspects to become stronger and more adaptable. An XHTML document can be easily modified without completely reconstructing it to correct the design.

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