CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a stylesheet language used to describe the presentation of a document written in a markup language. It can be used locally by the readers of web pages to define colors, fonts, layout, and other aspects of document presentation. It is designed primarily to enable the separation of document content (written in HTML or a similar markup language) from document presentation (written in CSS). This separation can improve content accessibility, provide more flexibility and control in the specification of presentation characteristics, and reduce complexity and repetition in the structural content (such as by allowing for tableless web design). CSS can also allow the same markup page to be presented in different styles for different rendering methods, such as on-screen, in print, by voice (when read out by a speech-based browser or screen reader) and on Braille-based, tactile devices.
CSS Tutorials Online
There is an abundance of websites that offer free CSS tutorials, tips, and discussions. We recomend that you search the Web and visit various resources to find the one that meets your individual learning style, preference, and needs.
The following CSS tutorials are some of our favorites, and a good place to start:
- w3schools.com: CSS Tutorial
- HTML Dog: CSS Tutorial [Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced]
- Web Developer's Virtual Library: Cascading Style Sheets
CSS Online Video Training by Lynda.com
Lynda.com is a subscription based provider of educational materials for creative designers, instructors, students, and hobbyists. The subscription cost is approximately $25/month or $250/year. Videos are closed caption and may require QuickTime.
The video training course(s) below can be partially previewed prior to subscribing:
- Lynda.com: CSS2 Essential Training
- Lynda.com: CSS Web Site Design
- Lynda.com: CSS for Designers
- Lynda.com: CSS Crash Course by SitePoint