Lesson 8: Stylesheets

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The video below describes how to extract the content of style elements into stylesheets:

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Lesson 8: Stylesheets

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Hands on exercise

For those who want to practice using what we cover in this class, most lessons have an opportunity for you to learn on your PC. The exercise for this lesson is primarily concerned with creating style sheets and understanding how cascading works.

Part 1:

First, create a stylesheet from your FDA.html file. Name your stylesheet "FDAstyle.css".

Add a link to FDAstyle.css in FDA.html

In FDAHist.html, replace the entire <style> element with a link to FDAstyle.css.

Test both FDA.htm and FDAHist.html use FDAstyle.css


Part 2:

Notice that FDAstyle.css includes the colored borders from the lecture.

Create a new stylesheet, FDAstyle-yellow.css: open FDAstyle.css, change the color of the border for .leftcolumn to 'yellow'; save the resulting stylesheet as "FDAstyle-yellow.css".

In FDA.html, add a <link> to FDAstyle-yellow.css after the <link> to FDAstyle.css

save FDA.html and look at in your browser what color is the border around the left column?

Now in FDA.html, reverse the order of the two stylesheet links: save the file and refresh it in your browser. What color is the border around the left column?


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