Posts Tagged ‘CSS’

New CSS courses at the Omniversity

Friday, August 24th, 2012

This autumn the Omniversity will be running two CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) courses: CSS Basics and Advanced CSS.

CSS enables web developers to create imaginative, beautiful and accessible websites. CSS makes it easy to change the style of a website and by separating style and layout from basic HTML content, reduces server bandwidth requirements, ensuring faster downloads.

Both courses will be run by Chris Mills, open standards evangelist, tech writer and developer relationship manager at Opera Software. Chris edits dev.opera.com and writes articles on open-web technologies for his own site A List Apart, .net magazine and more. He is the author of Practical CSS3: Develop and Design (Peachpit Press, 2012) and co-authored Interact with Web Standards (New Riders, 2010).
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CSS Basics

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

CSS Basics

Title: CSS Basics at the Omniversity
Location: MadLab
Description: This course looks in detail at Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the language used to add styling and layout to your HTML content.
Date: 13-10-2012
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:30
Booking: Sign up here








This course looks in detail at the basics of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the language used to add styling and layout to your web content. You will learn fundamental CSS theory such as the box model, the cascade and specificity, how to effectively style your paragraphs, lists, tables, forms, navigation menus and other content, and the basics of layouts using floats and positioning. This session also covers some CSS3 features like shadows, border radius and CSS3 selectors.

The course is aimed mainly at novice web designers and developers but it is also suitable for those with more experience who want to update their skills and learn modern best practices.

What you need to be familiar with

This course is intended for beginners to CSS so while prior knowledge would help, none is required. You should however have a reasonable knowledge of HTML and how to use the web.

Learning outcomes

After completing the class, you will have learned:

  • The fundamentals of how CSS works and what you can do with it
  • A solid array of techniques you can use to style and lay out content
  • Up-to-date web design best practices
  • Some cutting edge CSS3 features

Equipment you’ll need

  • Yourself. Refreshments will be provided.
  • A laptop of some kind. Mac, Windows or Linux is fine.
  • A decent text editor – this is all you need to build web pages. We recommend:

    Note: You can use an expensive web creator tool like Dreamweaver, should you have one installed. But expect to use it to edit code, not drag and drop.

  • A graphics package – we will be talking a little bit about graphics for the web, as far as different formats, and resizing images are concerned. It would make sense for you to have a graphics package available. We recommend:
  • The latest available web browsers (all free). We’d recommend:
  • An FTP program, which is used to upload your web page files up to the web, so they can then be viewed by others on the web. We recommend:

Costs and times

The course costs £100. You will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, software, and programmes. You will also receive free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Further information

CSS Basics course syllabus

Advanced CSS

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Advanced CSS

Title: Advanced CSS at the Omniversity
Location: MadLab
Description: Advanced CSS and HTML topics takes HTML and CSS further, looking at advanced topics such as multi-column layouts, cross-browser issues, CSS sprites, faux columns, optimizing layouts for different devices such as mobile phones, CSS3 transitions, transforms and animation, HTML5 video and forms, and more.
Date: 03-11-2012
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:30
Booking: Sign up here






Advanced CSS will take you further in your knowledge of CSS. In this course you’ll look at a range of subjects including multi-column layouts, flexbox, advanced web font usage, CSS sprites, advanced positioning, responsive web design, CSS3 transitions, transforms and animation – and more.

This course is suitable for students and others wishing to gain new skills, as well as web designers and developers that want to update their skills to modern best practices and get a feel for what CSS3 has to offer.

What you need to be familiar with

Advanced CSS assumes that you are already familiar with HTML and CSS basics, and want to go further, learning advanced techniques to add to your web design toolkit, and becoming familiar with cutting edge CSS3 features.

If you are a beginner to CSS, we would advise you to attend our CSS Basics course first.

Learning outcomes

After completing the class, you will have learned:

  • A knowledge of advanced CSS techniques
  • An understanding of several CSS3 features
  • A thirst to explore further, and experiment with modern technologies

Equipment you’ll need

  • Yourself. Refreshments will be provided.
  • A laptop of some kind. Mac, Windows or Linux is fine.
  • A decent text editor – this is all you need to build web pages. We recommend:

    Note: You can use an expensive web creator tool like Dreamweaver, should you have one installed. But expect to use it to edit code, not drag and drop.

  • A graphics package – we will be talking a little bit about graphics for the web, as far as different formats, and resizing images are concerned. It would make sense for you to have a graphics package available. We recommend:
  • The latest available web browsers (all free). We’d recommend:
  • An FTP program, which is used to upload your web page files up to the web, so they can then be viewed by others on the web. We recommend:

Suggested preparatory work

  • Install the software described above on your laptop
  • Bring some text and images you’d like to put on a web page. It could be your CV, a short story you’ve written, information on your favourite band or pictures of your family
  • Start reading up on web development. A good place to start for beginners is the Opera web standards curriculum

Costs and times

The course costs £100. You will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, software, and programmes. You will also receive free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Further information

Advanced CSS course syllabus

Web Design Foundations 3: CSS Basics

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Web Design Foundation 3

Title: Web Design Foundations 3: CSS Basics
Location: MadLab
Description: A four-part modular Omniversity course aimed at anyone who wants to learn about how the web works.
Date: 14-05-2012 and 21-05-2012
Start Time: 18.00
End Time: 21.00
Booking: Here







Web Design Foundations 3: CSS Basics

This course looks in detail at Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the language used to add styling and layout to your HTML content. In this session you will learn fundamental CSS theory such as the box model, the cascade and specificity, how to effectively style your paragraphs, lists, tables, forms, navigation menus and other content, and the basics of layouts using floats and positioning. This session also covers some CSS3 features: shadows, border radius, CSS3 selectors and more.

What you need to be familiar with

The Web Design Foundations course assumes no knowledge beyond basic competency with computers, and a familiarity with using the Web. It is suitable for beginners. If you want to start the course part way through, you should understand the contents of the previous sessions first.

If you are a complete novice, please look into Web Design Foundations 1: Introduction to the Web, and web design or Web Design Foundation 2: HTML Basics

The course is also suitable for those with previous web development experience who want to update their skillset to modern best practices.

Equipment you’ll need

  • Yourself. Refreshments will be provided.
  • A laptop of some kind. Mac, Windows or Linux is fine.
  • A decent text editor (recommendations listed in sign-up document below)

Costs and times

£100 for the full course.
You will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, software, and programmes we write on a USB stick.

This course is broken up into two Monday evenings (14th and 21st May) for three hours per workshop.

To prepare for the course…
More information – Web Design Foundations 3: CSS Basics