Introduction to Using CSS and HTML together

Welcome to this introduction to Using CSS. These set of pages aim to argue the need to separate HTML Structure from CSS Styling when writing new web pages, in addition to covering the basics of CSS, and how the CSS language is designed to be used.

Disclaimer: These pages imply that you have some basic knowledge of how to structure and layout a web page in HTML and some prior knowledge of CSS. In addition, the page references to HTML5 and CSS3 by default, any other versions will be stated explicitly.

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  3. code in its raw form.
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Separating Structure from Styling

In the first chapter, we will be looking at and discussing the ideal methods and reasons behind separating HTML Structure from CSS Styling. We'll be looking at the older methods of using Attributes to format and layout pages, in addition to bad practice using Tables, and depreciated methods, and how we are able to better utilise both languages to produce a better page.

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CSS and its Selectors

In the second chapter, we will be looking into four Selectors that CSS has and uses to apply styles to HTML structure elements, and how they're designed to be implemented into pages, including their limitations. We will also briefly cover the hierarchy of how selectors can be paired together to be more specific in selection.

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