Web Design Playground: HTML & CSS the Interactive Way

Web Design Playground: HTML & CSS the Interactive Way

by Paul McFedries
Web Design Playground: HTML & CSS the Interactive Way

Web Design Playground: HTML & CSS the Interactive Way

by Paul McFedries

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Overview

Summary

Web Design Playground takes you step by step from writing your first line of HTML to creating interesting and attractive web pages. In this project-based book, you'll use a custom online workspace, the book's companion Playground, to design websites, product pages, photo galleries, and more.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the Technology

How do top designers learn to create beautiful web pages and intuitive user experiences? Great examples, expert mentoring, and lots of practice! Written by web designer and master teacher Paul McFedries, this unique book shapes and sharpens your skills in HTML, CSS, and web page design.

About the Book

Web Design Playground takes you step by step from writing your first line of HTML to creating interesting, attractive web pages. In this project-based book, you'll use a custom online workspace to design websites, product pages, photo galleries, and more. Don't worry about setting up your own servers and domain names—the book comes with a free "playground" which lets you experiment without any of that! You can concentrate on core skills like adding images and video and laying out the page, plus learning typography, responsive design, and the other tools of the web trade.

What's inside

  • Getting started with HTML, CSS, and web design
  • A free, fully interactive web design workspace
  • Working with images, color, and fonts
  • Full-color illustrations throughout

About the Reader

If you can use a browser, you're ready to create web pages!

About the Author

Paul McFedries has written nearly 100 books, which have sold over four million copies world-wide.

Table of Contents

  1. Getting to Know HTML and CSS
  2. Building Your First Web Page
  3. Adding Structure to Your Page
  4. Formatting Your Web Page
  5. Project: Creating a Personal Home Page
  6. Adding Images and Other Media
  7. Learning More About Styles
  8. Floating and Positioning Elements
  9. Styling Sizes, Borders, and Margins
  10. Project: Creating a Landing Page
  11. Learning Page Layout Basics
  12. Creating Page Layouts with Flexbox
  13. Designing Responsive Web Pages
  14. Making Your Images and Typography Responsive
  15. Project: Creating a Photo Gallery
  16. More HTML Elements for Web Designers
  17. Adding a Splash of Color to Your Web Designs
  18. Enhancing Page Text with Typography
  19. Learning Advanced CSS Selectors
  20. Project: Creating a Portfolio Page

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617294402
Publisher: Manning
Publication date: 05/19/2019
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 440
Sales rank: 1,070,911
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Paul McFedries has written nearly 100 books, which have sold over four million copies world-wide

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

About This Book xv

About the Author xix

Part 1 Getting Started With HTML And CSS

Chapter 1 Getting to Know HTML and CSS 3

What Is HTML? 4

What Is CSS? 7

What Can't You Do with HTML and CSS? 10

How HTML and CSS Create the Web 10

Introducing the Web Design Playground 11

Adding HTML Tag Attributes 15

Some Helpful Features of the Playground 19

Chapter 2 Building Your First Web Page 21

Getting Your Web Page off the Ground 22

Learning the Most Common Text Elements 26

Chapter 3 Adding Structure to Your Page 37

HTML Elements for Structuring Page Text 38

Organizing Text Into Lists 44

Chapter 4 Formatting Your Web Page 51

Styling Text 52

Working with Text Styles 57

Styling Paragraphs 60

Working with Colors 64

Chapter 5 Project: Creating a Personal Home Page 69

What You'll Be Building 70

Sketching the Layout 70

Choosing Typefaces 71

Choosing a Color Scheme 71

Building the Page 72

From Here 81

Part 2 Working With Images And Styles

Chapter 6 Adding Images and Other Media 85

Understanding Image File Formats 87

Getting Graphics 88

Inserting an HTML5 Figure 89

Setting Up an Image as a Link 90

Using an Image as a Custom Bullet 91

Aligning Images and Text 92

Controlling the Background Repeat 95

Setting the Background Position 96

Adding a Hero Image 97

The Background Shorthand Property 99

Optimizing Images 99

Adding Video and Audio to the Page 100

Chapter 7 Learning More About Styles 109

Adding Styles to a Page 110

Units of Measurement in CSS 119

Chapter 8 Floating and Positioning Elements 121

Understanding the Default Page Flow 122

Chapter 9 Styling Sizes, Borders, and Margins 139

The Anatomy of an Element Box 140

Watch Out for Collapsing Margins! 152

Chapter 10 Project; Creating a Landing Page 155

What You'll Be Building 156

Sketching the Layout 156

Choosing Typefaces 157

Choosing a Color Scheme 158

Building the Page 159

From Here 178

Part 3 Laying Out A Web Page

Chapter 11 Learning Page Layout Basics 183

The Holy-Grail Layout 184

Understanding Web Page Layout Methods 185

Learning the HTML5 Semantic Page Elements 186

Creating Page Layouts with Floats 191

Creating Page Layouts with Inline Blocks 196

Chapter 12 Creating Page Layouts with Flexbox 203

Understanding Flexbox 204

Chapter 13 Designing Responsive Web Pages 229

Creating a Responsive Layout 233

Chapter 14 Making Your Images and Typography Responsive 251

Making Images Responsive 252

Making Typography Responsive 257

Gallery of Responsive Sites 263

Chapter 15 Project: Creating a Photo Gallery 269

What You'll Be Building 270

Getting Your Photos Ready 270

Sketching the Layout 270

Choosing Typefaces 271

Choosing the Colors 272

Building the Page 272

Adding a Few Tricks 281

From Here 286

Part 4 Making Your Web Pages Shine

Chapter 16 More HTML Elements for Web Designers 289

More about Links 298

Inserting Special Characters 302

Using the HTML5 Entity Browser 303

Adding Comments 304

Chapter 17 Adding a Splash of Color to Your Web Designs 305

Understanding Colors 306

Adding Colors with CSS 309

Choosing Harmonious Colors 317

Using the Color Scheme Calculator 318

Color Scheme Gallery 320

Applying a Color Gradient 322

Chapter 18 Enhancing Page Text with Typography 331

Specifying the Typeface 332

Working with Text Styles 340

Web Typography Gallery 346

Chapter 19 Learning Advanced CSS Selectors 349

Working with ID Selectors 350

Web Page Genealogy: Parents, Descendants, and Siblings 352

Working with Contextual Selectors 353

Taking Things up a Notch by Combining Selectors 359

Resetting CSS with the Universal Selector 362

Styles: What a Tangled Web Page They Weave 363

Chapter 20 Project: Creating a Portfolio Page 371

What You'll Be Building 372

Sketching the Layout 372

Choosing Typefaces 373

Choosing a Color Scheme 375

Building the Page 376

From Here 392

Appendix From Playground to Web: Getting Your Pages Online 395

Index 407

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