A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - Get Geared Up
In today's lesson, we're going to 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 we'll go hands-on and actually create a new website to use as working example for more hands-on practice throughout the course. And finally, we'll reveal some of the mysteries of the Web browser rendering engines that turn the code we write into the beautiful creations you see on your computer screen.
Lesson 02 - Advanced Backgrounds
Understand the viewport and its importance in Web design, and apply it to some advanced techniques for background images.
Lesson 03 - CSS Positioning
In today's 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.
Lesson 04 - Opacity, Visibility, and Scroll Bars
Many of the more advanced interactive techniques for designing Web pages requires 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. Today's 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.
Lesson 05 - Creating Interactive Pages
In today's 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. We'll go over some practical examples of the concepts, and I'll 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.
Lesson 06 - Using Downloadable Fonts
Web developers often feel shackled by the small selection of Web-safe fonts available on most computers. In today's lesson, I hope to free you from those shackles by sharing knowledge of 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.
Lesson 07 - Fancy Navigation Bars
Today's 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.
Lesson 08 - Creating Drop-Down and Flyout Menus
Today's 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.
Lesson 09 - Mastering the Layout
In today's lesson, we'll step back from the fine details on which we've focused for the past few lessons, and look again at the bigger picture of the entire page layout. You'll see how pages are likely to look going forward with HTML5 and CSS3, and you'll pick up some new tricks for making your pages better for the browsers and devices of today and tomorrow. And finally, you'll learn a new technique for making multicolumn layouts easier than ever.
Lesson 10 - Responsive Web Design
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 today's 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.
Lesson 11 - Animations with Transform and Transition
Despite their widespread use on the Web today, HTML5 and CSS3 are still not W3C final recommendations. A W3C spec isn't a final recommendation until it's had years of real-world use. The most important and most needed features of the languages received browser support very quickly. Some of the more "out there" 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. Today's lesson is about those upcoming features.
Lesson 12 - Expanding Your Horizons