Intermediate CSS3 and HTML5

Intermediate CSS3 and HTML5

Use CSS3 and HTML5 to streamline code that adapts to a variety of devices, screen resolutions, web browsers, and user needs as you build modern websites. This course takes your CSS and HTML skills to the next level by teaching the methods the pros use to quickly build responsive sites that are easy to maintain and modify.

6 Weeks Access / 24 Course Hrs
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Today's websites require streamlined code that adapts to a variety of devices, screen resolutions, web browsers, and user needs. CSS3 and HTML5 are the keys to creating that, and they're the foundation upon which all modern websites built (not to mention many mobile apps, games, and even desktop apps). This means today's software developers need a deep understanding of CSS3 and HTML5.

In this course, you'll take your CSS and HTML skills to the next level and learn how to create professional-quality websites. You'll find out the methods the pros use to quickly build effective sites that are easy to maintain and modify. You'll discover the secrets to ensuring you keep total creative control over every aspect of a site. You'll master specific techniques for using background images and controlling opacity, visibility, and scrollbars. You'll create picture thumbnail galleries, cool hover (mouse over) effects, drop-down menus and fly out menus, and animation effects that work on hover as well as on mobile touchscreens. You'll also explore some easy-to-code methods for creating responsive layouts that scale well to all screen sizes and devices.

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In this lesson, you'll start off with a quick review of what CSS and HTML are all about, the syntax of each language, and the key concepts and terminology. Then, you'll go hands-on and actually create a new website to use as a working example for more hands-on practice throughout the course. Finally, you'll discover some of the mysteries of the web browser rendering engines that turn the code you write into the beautiful creations you see on your computer screen.

Understand the viewport and its importance in web design, and apply it to some advanced techniques for background images.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to take your web design skills to a whole new level with CSS static, relative, fixed, and absolute positioning. You'll also find out how to position things exactly where you want them, even stack and overlap them, just like the pros do.

Many of the more advanced interactive techniques for designing web pages require an understanding of the CSS properties and values necessary for controlling opacity, visibility, and scroll bars. Drop-down menus, pop-up thumbnail galleries, and scrolling textboxes are built from these things. This lesson introduces you to all the concepts, as well as the CSS properties and values you need to build such things. You'll then apply these techniques through the course to create ever more interactive pages.

In this lesson, you're going to learn how to apply advanced techniques like visibility, absolute positioning, and :hover to some fun things like thumbnail photo galleries and interactive facts. You'll go over some practical examples of the concepts, and the lesson will provide you with some code you can drop right into your own pages and use with minimal alteration. You'll also discover the secret to making the CSS :hover event work on devices like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, which don't always play nice with events that are designed to work with mouse pointers.

Web developers often feel shackled by the small selection of web-safe fonts available on most computers. This lesson will free you from those shackles by teaching you about downloadable fonts and the modern Web Open Font Format (WOFF), as well as the CSS @font-face rule that make them possible. With this knowledge, you'll be able to choose from thousands of fonts for your website!

This lesson is all about creating cool-looking navigation bars and tabs like you see in professional sites. You'll learn different ways to size and position the buttons and tabs, how to use background images that change on mouse over, and how to highlight the tab that represents the current page to the user.

This lesson will help you use the skills you've gained so far to create some complex navigation tools with drop-down and flyout menus like the ones you may have seen in some large, professionally developed websites. Along the way, you'll learn how you can use the CSS rule of specificity to create complex designs with minimal code.

In this lesson, you'll step back from the fine details on which you've focused for the past few lessons, and look again at the bigger picture of the entire page layout. You'll see what web pages look like when using HTML5 and CSS3 and pick up some new tricks for making your pages better for the browsers and devices of today and tomorrow. Finally, you'll learn a new technique for making multi-column layouts easier than ever.

Responsive Web Design is a popular buzzword in the web design business these days. It's all about designing your website so it looks good and works well on the wide range of devices people use to access the web these days, including smartphones, tablets, portable computers, desktop computers, gaming consoles, and television sets. In this lesson, you'll learn smart and relatively simple techniques that you can start using right now to ensure that your site looks and behaves its best across all those different media.

Despite their widespread use on the web today, HTML5 and CSS3 are still under development. The most important and most needed features of the languages received browser support very quickly. Some of the fancier tags and properties are being adopted more slowly, but they do represent some really cool animations and other fun stuff you'll want to know about now. This lesson will teach you all about those upcoming features.

This lesson will help you expand your horizons into other areas of web development and app development. You'll discover the difference between front-end and back-end languages and learn the purpose of JavaScript and jQuery. You'll understand server-side technologies like PHP, MySQL, ASP.Net, and SQL Server—what they are, how you'd use them, and why you might want to learn them.



You should have basic computer skills and some familiarity with HTML and CSS. Additionally, successful completion of Introduction to CSS3 and HTML5 or prior experience with HTML and web publishing is recommended.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • A simple text editor like Notepad or TextEdit.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Alan Simpson

Alan Simpson is an award-winning author, having published over 100 books on computers and the Internet. His books have been published in over a dozen language worldwide. He has covered virtually all aspects of the computer industry, including web development, operating systems, programming, networking, and security. As a seasoned veteran of the computer industry, he is widely regarded as a computer and Internet guru.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.


Mr. Simpson is a wonderful teacher, capable of conveying somewhat complex concepts in a manner in which we could understand. He promptly answered all of our questions via the extremely bustling discussion area. I learned a tremendous amount, and highly recommend this course!

Thank you for presenting this course in a straight-forward, non-threatening way. I especially appreciate the fact that your tone is light-hearted and you fully explain the material in terms that are easy to understand. Your use of examples and sample material is excellent.

This course and instructor are tops. The support and assistance go above and beyond anything required or even expected. The discussion areas explore the topic in depth and even branch into new territory when needed. I am sorry to have it end.

I've taken many courses but none with such clear, easy-to-follow writing and instructions. Thank you Alan for sharing your knowledge in a way that is interesting, fun, and well constructed for anyone to learn from.

Alan is by far one of the best teachers I have had the pleasure of being taught by. He isn't afraid to answer off topic questions that still tie to the subject. He is always going above and beyond to help his students.

This was an excellent course. The instructor did a fabulous job of explaining the material, answering our questions, promoting discussion, and encouraging us to further expand our knowledge. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Alan Simpson for a job well-done.

Can I just say you are the epitome of "above and beyond" in every sense!! Thanks for being so supportive of your students.

Your lessons are so simple to understand and the effort you make to explain everything is really commendable. They are explained as if the students were sitting right in front of you.

You explain everything without assuming that the reader might know this or that. I really appreciate all your efforts to explain lessons and respond to the queries.

Had a great experience! Thank you for the initial challenge when I told you I had never coded before. For sure, it took me some extra time to figure out how to apply course lessons with Dreamweaver . And finally I got it, and with a 100%! Thank you for making yourself feel close to us and for providing those templates and tools. The animations, drop-down/fly-out menus, and interactive-pages classes were awesome! And "expanding horizons" was the best industry snapshot I have ever seen (from someone who worked in B2B marketing team at Microsoft :-)