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Web Design with HTML and CSS Digital Classroom by AGI Creative Team
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"An invaluable full-color training package for Web design Web design consists of using multiple software tools and codes-such as Dreamweaver, Flash, Silverlight, Illustrator, Photoshop, HTML, and CSS, among others-to craft a unique, robust, and interactive websites. This book teaches you how to effectively use all the major tools involved in web design to create a site that is both attractive and functional. You'll go beyond the basics to learn best practices of good web design so you can go from the drawing board to a successful site. Combining full-color, step-by-step instructions with lesson files and video training from web experts is like having your own personal instructor guiding you through each lesson-but you work at your own pace! Discusses properties of good web design and best practices for building a site that is both attractive and functional Offers clear instruction that makes learning complicated tasks less intimidating Demonstrates how to approach site design concept creation and bring a vision from the drawing board through to full and dazzling operability Combines a full color step-by-step instructional book along with lesson files and video training from web design experts This training package takes you beyond the basics in a series of easy-to-absorb, five-minute lessons. "

Table of Contents

Starting Up. About Web Design with HTML and CSS Digital Classroom. Prerequisites. System requirements. Understanding menus and commands. Understanding how to read HTML and CSS code changes. Loading lesson files. Video tutorials. Hosting your websites. Additional resources. Lesson 1: Planning Your Website. Starting up. The goals of web design. The diff erence between print design and web design. The web demands user interaction. Defi ning the user experience. User-centered design. The stages of the planning process. Defi ning goals and strategy. Research. Scenarios and characters. Information architecture. Defining the navigation design of the SmoothieWorld site. Rethinking site navigation. The role of usability testing. Wireframes, prototypes, and mockups. The evolving fi eld of interactive prototypes. Be creative during the planning process. Self study. Review. Lesson 2: Fundamentals of the Web. Starting up. How web pages work. The Internet and World Wide Web domain names. Domain names and hosting. The language of the web. The evolution of the web and web standards. Separating structure, style, and interactivity. Designing for the web. Know your audience. Know that your site's viewers are impatient. Designing for the screen. Understanding how your audience will read your web content. Self study. Review. Lesson 3: Web Design Tools. Starting up. Web editors versus WYSIWYG tools. Plain text editors. Text editors for web design. WYSIWYG editors. Defi ning sites in Dreamweaver or Expression Web. Obtaining Expression Web or Dreamweaver. Creating a new site in Dreamweaver. Importing an existing site into Dreamweaver CS5. Creating a new site in Expression Web. Review. Lesson 4: Fundamentals of HTML, XHTML, and CSS. Starting up. Web languages. Web page structure is based on HTML. The details of XHTML syntax. Doctype lets the web browser know what to expect. The W3C and page validation. HTML structure. Placing images in HTML. The role of CSS. Styling a heading. Understanding class styles and spans. Three ways to use styles. Internal versus external style sheets. Creating an external style sheet. What makes styles cascading. Self study. Review. Lesson 5: Graphics, Color, and Transparency. Starting up. Optimizing graphics for the web. Resizing the image. Adjusting the image size. Applying the Unsharp Mask filter to an image. Selecting the best image format. Choosing the right file format. Choosing the best file format for your image. Saving images as JPEGs. Choosing the quality of a JPEG. Previewing your image. Creating a transparency effect in a JPEG image. Saving your settings. Saving images as GIFs. Optimizing the GIF image. Using the color table. Adding a matte to a GIF. Animating a GIF. Saving as a PNG. Slicing an image. Viewing the completed file. Creating slices. Changing the attributes of the slices. Saving slices out of Photoshop. Self study. Review. Lesson 6: Formatting Text with CSS. Starting up. The importance of typography on the web. The challenges of fonts on the web. Setting a font-family. Sizing text with CSS. Pixels and points are not the best choices. Using a combination of percent and the em measurement. Using margins to modify the space between your text. Setting paragraph line-height. Transforming text with CSS. Working with HTML lists. Styling HTML lists. Self study. Review. Lesson 7: Introduction to CSS Layout. Starting up. Working with a CSS reset file A brief history of layout techniques on the web. An overview of page layout options. Understanding divs: creating a two-column fi xed-width CSS layout. Understanding the CSS float property. Creating columns with the float property. Working with the clear property. Creating a list-based navigation using floats. Adding text styles. The eff ect of margins and padding on your fi xed-width layout. A review of using margins and padding for layout. Styling your footer with a background image. Self study. Review. Lesson 8: Advanced CSS Layout. Starting up. Building your page layout. Removing the background color. Working with CSS background images. Using hacks to solve layout problems. Enhancing your CSS navigation bar. Moving your internal styles to the external style sheet. Creating a style for the active page. Adding images to your sidebar. Working with absolute positioning. Self study. Review. Lesson 9: Browser Compatibility. Starting up. Why browser testing is important. Are web pages required to look the same in all browsers? Choose the level of browser support you want. The special case of IE6. Tools to identify browser problems. Virtualization solutions for the Mac OS. Virtualization solutions for Windows. Browser compatibility applications. Addressing browser incompatibilities with CSS fixes. Addressing Internet Explorer 6 issues with JavaScript. Browser incompatibilities in the future. Future browser compatibility issues. Self study. Review. Lesson 10: Introduction to Interactivity. Starting up. Interactivity on the web. JavaScript. Adobe Flash. JavaScript basics. JavaScript events. Placing your JavaScript into an external document. The Document Object Model. JavaScript frameworks. Hiding an element with jQuery. Adding an event to trigger the show effect. Adobe Flash overview. Generating code to add Flash movies to a page. Integrating Flash into a pre-existing design. Inserting Silverlight content into a web page. Self study. Review. Lesson 11: Mobile Design. Starting up. The need for mobile-optimized websites. How is the mobile experience of the web diff erent than the desktop? Deciding which type of mobile device to target. The trouble with style sheets. Using CSS3 media queries. Self study. Review. Lesson 12: HTML5 Essentials. Starting up. Defi ning HTML5. The motivation behind HTML5. HTML5 markup. The video , audio , and canvas elements. Embed media fi les using video and audio elements. Provide drawing and animation features using the canvas element. HTML5 markup is still evolving. Grouping headings and images. Identifying figures and captions. Web forms. The rest of the HTML5 family. Geolocation. Web Workers. Web Storage. CSS3 integration with HTML5. How to begin using HTML5/CSS3. Starting with an HTML5 foundation. Words of encouragement. Self study. Review.

Author Biography

The AGI Creative Team develops and delivers training programs for creative, marketing, and communications professionals through the American Graphics Institute.
Release date Australia
May 6th, 2011
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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