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The HTML and CSS Workshop

By : Lewis Coulson, Brett Jephson, Rob Larsen, Matt Park, Marian Zburlea
Book Image

The HTML and CSS Workshop

By: Lewis Coulson, Brett Jephson, Rob Larsen, Matt Park, Marian Zburlea

Overview of this book

With knowledge of CSS and HTML, you can build visually appealing, interactive websites without relying on website-building tools that come with lots of pre-packaged restrictions. The HTML and CSS Workshop takes you on a journey to learning how to create beautiful websites using your own content, understanding how they work, and how to manage them long-term. The book begins by introducing you to HTML5 and CSS3, and takes you through the process of website development with easy-to-follow steps. Exploring how the browser renders websites from code to display, you'll advance to adding a cinematic experience to your website by incorporating video and audio elements into your code. You'll also use JavaScript to add interactivity to your site, integrate HTML forms for capturing user data, incorporate animations to create slick transitions, and build stunning themes using advanced CSS. You'll also get to grips with mobile-first development using responsive design and media queries, to ensure your sites perform well on any device. Throughout the book, you'll work on engaging projects, including a video store home page that you will iteratively add functionality to as you learn new skills. By the end of this Workshop, you'll have gained the confidence to creatively tackle your own ambitious web development projects.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
2. Structure and Layout
3. Text and Typography
5. Themes, Colors, and Polish
6. Responsive Web Design and Media Queries
7. Media – Audio, Video, and Canvas
12. Web Components

Introduction to Maintainable CSS

In the previous chapters, we learned about a wide variety of different aspects of HTML5 and CSS3, including everything you need to know as a beginner to write HTML5 and CSS3 yourself and develop your first website, but how can we help keep a website maintainable? How do we help prevent the common pitfalls of managing large codebases in CSS? How do we write code that allows a team of developers to work on a website project at the same time and that's also friendly to future developers?

In this chapter, we're going to explore what maintainable CSS looks like, how to write it, and why we use it. Let's start by understanding why we would want to write maintainable CSS.

Say you are working with a large codebase that includes thousands of lines of CSS and the client wants to change a button style that's used throughout the website. Easy, right? Well if we had written maintainable CSS for this project, then we could change this button...