Fundamentals of Web Development Level 2

<HTML> is great, but now fun with CSS!

Class Syllabus

This 18-hour CSS course builds upon Web Development Level 1, and is the second class in our Web Design & Web Development Bootcamps. Design more complex layouts in this hands-on course

Learn to Code CSS You’ll learn about best practices as you gain a deeper understanding of CSS selectors and the various CSS properties available. You’ll create multi-column layouts using floats and inline-blocks and gain a deeper understanding of how block and inline elements work. You’ll master the positioning of elements (relative, absolute, fixed) and target elements with advanced CSS selectors. You will learn about newer CSS3 transitions, transforms, and animations as well as create parallax scrolling effects using only CSS. The course workbook can be completed in any code editor. In class, you can use either Sublime Text or Dreamweaver in Code View.

What You’ll Learn

Section 1

Minimalist Blog: The Box Model


Minimalist Blog: Streamlined CSS


  • Setting a scalable default line-height using a ratio
  • Grouping selectors using a comma separator
  • Numeric font-weight: beyond normal & bold
  • Adding a background image to the h1
  • Using shorthand with three values

Creating Columns with Float


  • Creating a 2-column layout with float
  • Solution #1: using the clear property
  • Adding a border between the columns
  • Solution #2: setting the overflow property to hidden

Introduction to Media Queries


  • Finding an appropriate breakpoint
  • Anatomy of a media query
  • Using a media query to create an alternate layout
  • Max-width media queries
  • Sizing down the headings on smaller screens

Section 2

The Display Property: A Deep Dive


  • Display types: block, inline, & inline-block
  • Styling the header & footer navigation the DRY way
  • Changing the display property to increase tappable area
  • Displaying the navigation side-by-side on wider screens
  • Using inline-block as an alternative to float

The Position Property: The Key to Complex Layouts


  • The static value & the normal document flow
  • A nostalgic wanderer: the relative value
  • The absolute value
  • The dynamic duo: relative parent, absolute child
  • The fixed value

Creating a Fixed Header


  • Moving the Contact list item to the navbar’s far right
  • Creating a fixed header on wider screens
  • Positioning a background image next to the FAQ

Image Replacement


  • Replacing HTML text with CSS background images
  • Removing text with negative text-indent value
  • Using overflow: hidden;
  • Removing text with a zero height
  • Creating a fluid image container by using proportional top padding

Section 3

CSS Sprites


  • What are Sprites?
  • Creating Sprites
  • Image Replacement

Background Gradients & Transparent Colors


  • Specifying colors are RGB
  • Adding transparency (alpha) to colored backgrounds with RGBA
  • CSS background gradients

Multi-Column Layout


  • 3-column layout using inline-block
  • Nested CSS Selectors

CSS Selectors


  • adjacent
  • first-of-type
  • first-child
  • last-child
  • last-of-type
  • nth-child
  • child selector
  • :before and :after

Section 4

Attribute Selectors


  • Attribute selector syntax
  • Caret (^) Operator
  • Dollar ($) Operator
  • Asterisk (*) Operator

Form Styling


  • Using an attribute selector to target inputs
  • Overriding default form element styling

Clearing Floats


  • The CSS Clearfix class

Sizing Typography


  • Working with REM
  • REM versus EM

Section 5

CSS3 Shadows


  • Box shadow
  • Text shadow
  • z-index

Hiding & Showing Elements


  • display: none;
  • Visibility
  • Opacity

CSS Transitions


  • Transition-Property
  • Transition-Duration
  • Transition Shorthand & the Transition Stack

CSS Transforms


  • The Scale Transform
  • The Rotation Transform
  • Transitioning Transforms

Section 6

You are Here Indicator


  • Navigation page marker
  • CSS Shapes

CSS Responsive Scrolling Techniques Part 1


  • Initial Page Styling

CSS Responsive Scrolling Techniques Part 2


  • Creating an animated CSS transition for a YouTube video

CSS Responsive Scrolling Techniques Part 3


  • Animating the panorama
  • Making the layout responsive