Cascading Style Sheets


You are familiar with using HTML to design web pages. You have used HTML style-oriented tags and attributes to stylize and design your pages. Cascading Style Sheets, or CSS, is integrated into HTML 4.01 and forms an important component of successful web design. CSS offers great flexibility and ease in designing web pages without code heavy HTML documents.

In this course, you will work with properties and styles related to colors, typography, page layouts, customized cursors, links, and forms available in CSS to build an effective web page. You will also use cascading style sheets to design and develop efficient and effective websites. Cascading Style Sheets (Third Edition) is intended for the student who is an experienced developer of web pages and has some experience with HTML. Students should be comfortable creating web pages, writing HTML code, and in using Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • control color and typography
  • create style sheets that cascade according to established guidelines
  • design content sections using box properties
  • control your page layouts with CSS positioning
  • enhance an existing design
  • create alternate style sheets and link your pages to them
  • enhance the accessibility and functionality of your websites


Students are recommended to take the following courses or possess equivalent knowledge:

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Related Classes:

TCCIT Solutions Course Curriculum for CSS: Cascading Style Sheets:

Lesson 1: Controlling Color and Typography

  • Topic 1A: Create an Embedded Style Sheet
  • Topic 1B: Apply Color
  • Topic 1C: Comment Your Code
  • Topic 1D: Modify Text Styles
  • Topic 1E: Modify Font Styles
  • Topic 1F: Create a Linked Style Sheet

Lesson 2: Designing with the Cascade

  • Topic 2A: Create Class Styles
  • Topic 2B: Create ID Styles
  • Topic 2C: Create Contextual Styles
  • Topic 2D: Target Styles to Elements with Specific Attributes
  • Topic 2E: Create Style Sheets that Cascade
  • Topic 2F: Import Style Sheets
  • Topic 2G: Create Inline Styles

Lesson 3: Designing Content Sections

  • Topic 3A: Control Margins and Padding
  • Topic 3B: Create Borders
  • Topic 3C: Control Element Dimensions
  • Topic 3D: Create Floating Elements
  • Topic 3E: Control Content Overflow

Lesson 4: Controlling Layout with Positioning

  • Topic 4A: Control Layout with Absolute Positioning
  • Topic 4B: Create a Fixed Multi-Column Layout
  • Topic 4C: Create a Fluid Multi-Column Layout
  • Topic 4D: Control Layout with Relative Positioning
  • Topic 4E: Control the Display of Layered Elements
  • Topic 4F: Apply Fixed Positioning

Lesson 5: Enhancing an Existing Design

  • Topic 5A: Customize Cursors
  • Topic 5B: Customize Link Styles
  • Topic 5C: Customize Forms
  • Topic 5D: Work with Background Images
  • Topic 5E: Customize Lists
  • Topic 5F: Create Generated Content

Lesson 6: Creating Alternate Style Sheets

  • Topic 6A: Create Accessible Style Sheets
  • Topic 6B: Apply User-Defined System Fonts and Colors
  • Topic 6C: Create a Print Style Sheet

Appendix A: The :first-line and :first-letter Pseudo-Classes

Appendix B: The DOCTYPE Switch

Appendix C: Fixing Element Width in IE 5.x

Appendix D: Scroll Bar Colors

Appendix E: Proprietary Cursor Styles


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