If you design web sites, and wonder whether or not to move up to Cascading Style Sheets, Char James-Tanny will tell you what you need to know, in a free two-part seminar from 11 am to 12:30, on September 15th and September 29th, 2004, sponsored by the Kachina New Mexico chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. Attendance is free, but you need to register your intention to come with Jonathan Price, at  jprice@swcp.com.

In the first seminar, you’ll start with some of the prevalent myths concerning CSS today and examples of sample sites that use CSS to dramatic effect. Then you’ll learn a bit about the World Wide Web Consortium and how the standards were put in place. You’ll continue with information on building a basic CSS file, looking at the individual components of a page and what each means. You’ll see examples of the different types of CSS and learn about media types, using a print CSS, syntax and inheritance, selectors, and font definitions. This session will end with a discussion on block and inline elements.

During Part II of this two-part seminar, you’ll build on information from Part I and see a sample CSS for a basic page. You’ll learn how to customize pages with divs, spans, and classes. You’ll see how structured, semantic, and physical authoring affect your pages. Then you’ll learn how to position elements on the page, using divs and floats, and the effects of the box model in Internet Explorer. There will be a brief discussion on child and descendant elements before seeing some sample layouts. The seminar will finish with an explanation of using lists as navigation and how you can style the lists for different effects. Resources will be included.

Char James-Tanny is president of JTF Associates and has almost 25 years of experience as a technical writer. She is well known in the Help community for her knowledge of online Help tools and concepts. Author of two books, she speaks frequently at conferences around the world on Help topics, cross-browser issues (including Cascading Style Sheets and XHTML), and tool-specific functionality. Char is an AuthorIT Certified Consultant, a senior member of STC’s Boston Chapter, and a 2004 Microsoft Help MVP. Visit her web site www.helpstuff.com.

Directions to Ktech:

  1.  From I-40, take the Eubank exit and go south on Eubank.
  2.  Keep on going south past Central to Gibson.
  3. Turn left on Gibson, and enter the parking lot for Ktech (1300 Eubank).

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