January 15, 2013

January 2013 Meeting Announcement -- Styling to the Nth

The next meeting of the PACS CSS Workshop will be Saturday, January 19, at our usual 9-10 hour. The main topic this month will be "Styling to the Nth."

We are going to be working on responsive design in the next couple of meetings, and our first example will be tables. To get into that topic, we will re-visit an issue we covered a while ago -- striping tables. Striping makes the data in a table more readable, and the new CSS3 pseudo-class selector called nth-child makes striping easier than ever to implement. We will use striping tables to get the hang of nth-child, and that will lead to some more involved design solutions. There is some math involved, not to mention the DOM, so be ready.

On a side note, I just learned that Microsoft has released its Expression Web 4 design tool as a free download. There is no support, but this product is a worthy competitor to Adobe Dreamweaver for WYSIWYG editing and for site maintenance. Download at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36179#overview. We will take a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting to look at Expression Web.

And be sure to check the Groups page on the PACS website for more information on all the other sessions scheduled this month.

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