January 30, 2006

Sample Pages Now Indexed

Over the course of the workshop, I have used sample pages to illustrate different CSS topics. My practice has been to upload the samples to this site when I post my meeting report. At this point, though, it is very difficult to find these samples -- you have to go back through the archived meeting notes looking for a particular topic.

To make it easy to locate a sample, I have added to the site an index to the sample pages and a permanent link to this index in the sidebar under the CSS Resources Page link. As we use more sample pages, I will post them and update the index to keep it current.

I encourage you to download a page and edit its source in order to get a real feel for how CSS works.

January 28, 2006

Content is now syndicated

I have set up a syndication feed for the site, so that readers can subscribe to the feed and receive updates using any of the usual newsreaders. More information on syndication is available in the notes of the Blogging Introduction meeting we had in January.

Look in the sidebar to the right of the page for the link to subscribe.

The Bloglet e-mail system is still in operation for those who just want an e-mail notification when the site is updated.

January 22, 2006

January 2006 meeting notes

At our January meeting, we finished the subject of pseudo-elements by tying up a couple of loose ends, and we then went on to lists. We reviewed the basics of HTML lists and started showing how to style unordered lists with CSS.

CSS gives us the ability to position the bullets but does not add any new bullet types. The advantage to using CSS is in the efficiency with which you can choose the type of bullet. I posted the sample page that I used, in case anyone wants to download it and play with the options for styling lists. Note that you should also download the little AOL gif if you want to use the image as a bullet.

Next month we will continue with styling lists, and we will incorporate the topic of descendant selectors. You will see how much more control and efficiency you can have with your lists by using CSS. These topics will all lead up to creating some interesting navigation elements for our pages.

Note that the February meeting is on the second Saturday, February 11, not the usual third, due to school scheduling. So make sure you update your calendar program.

January 16, 2006

January 21 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the PACS CSS Workshop will be this Saturday, January 21, at our usual 9-10 hour.

This month we will briefly tie up a couple of loose ends from the last meeting regarding pseudo-elements. We will then go on to styling lists, a topic that should be pretty interesting since there is good browser support for the different CSS properties. In the process, over the next couple of meetings, we will get into descendant selectors and the display property, and tie everything together to create some interesting navigation menus and bars.

See you Saturday.

CSS Beauty | CSS Design Showcase

I came across this new website on CSS called CSS Beauty | CSS Design Showcase. It looks like a good collection of CSS news and resources.

If you want to try your skills in a contest with the same idea as css Zen Garden, check the CSS Shuffle page.