Stylin’ the Sheets… Cascading Style Sheets, that is

Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web DesignI am having a blast!!

My friend and I met about an exciting (secret) project — we are making so much progress, I can hardly keep from talking about it!

Part of the fun is that I have the excuse to polish my skills and update my knowledge in Website Design. I haven’t ever STOPPED looking into those things but my last active project was in Shopify and that was a more closed environment with certain rigid requirements.

This new project is wide open. So I’m gathering my tools:

I’ve been reading about Web Design and CSS today. I don’t have anything dramatic to offer but here are some links and thoughts about CSS Style Sheets:

Tons of stuff here… 70 Expert Ideas For Better CSS Coding: Interesting idea for organizing different styles for same tag. I am NOT sure, I would do this but the organizing thought is interesting:

h2 { }
#snapshot_box h2 { padding: 0 0 6px 0; font: bold 14px/14px "Verdana", sans-serif; }
#main_side h2 { color: #444; font: bold 14px/14px "Verdana", sans-serif; }
.sidetagselection h2 { color: #fff; font: bold 14px/14px "Verdana", sans-serif; }<\pre>

So, with this method, we’d begin with an empty tag (in the above example, h2) then list the instances where it is used. Presumably not just IDs, but also classes.

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I don’t want to get too far into this topic without mentioning Rachel Andrew and her CSS Layout News: a fabulous weekly newsletter filled with useful links to up-to-date news.

Rachel also offers online classes, CSS Layout Workshop that are VERY good. I finished the Introduction and am ready to start the Advanced set.

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One of the things I love about Twitter is getting to interact with some of my heroes… Rachel is on Twitter (@rachelandrew) and so is Andy Clarke (@Malarkey).
Andy wrote my historically favorite web design book, “Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design,” which I have read to pieces. And recently, I have been trying to memorize is 5th Anniversary Edition of  Hard boiled Web Design.

So my projects are moving along. And life is good….