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To conclude the CSS Basics Tutorials section, we bring all we have learnt together in a web page utilizing the knowledge we have gathered so far. We will use a selection of the properties from the CSS basics section and see what can be achieved with them.

CSS Properties Used in the CSS Basics Section:

Border Colour
border-top-color, border-right-color, border-bottom-color and border-left-color

Border Colour Shorthand 

Border Style
border-top-style, border-right-style, border-bottom-style and border-left-style

Border Style Shorthand

Border Width 
border-top-width, border-right-width, border-bottom-width and border-left-width

Border Width Shorthand

Border Shorthand
border-top, border-right, border-bottom, border-left and border

font-family, font-size, font-style, font-variant and font-weight

Font Shorthand

margin-top, margin-right, margin-bottom and margin-left

Margin Shorthand

padding-top, padding-right, padding-bottom and padding-left

Padding Shorthand

letter-spacing, white-space and word-spacing

color, text-align, text-decoration, text-indent and text-transform

Viewing the CSS Properties

Lets combine the CSS properties used in this section and see what effects we can accomplish.

Open up the file with Notepad we created and tested in Lesson 9: Borders.

You saved the file to your computer in the C:\_CSSBasics folder as lesson_9_csspage.html

Copy and paste the following code into the reopened file, overwriting the existing text.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"  
<!-- Our HTML/CSS for CSS Basics Summary follows -->
<html  xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<title>CSS Tutorials - Basic CSS Lesson 10 - CSS Basics Summary</title>

<style type="text/css">

/* Set margin */
body {
	margin: 10px;

/* Transform h1 headings to all uppercase and blue with navy bottom border */
h1 {
	border-bottom: 1px solid navy;
  text-transform: uppercase;
	color: blue;

/* Align h2 headings to the left with large word spacing  in purple, 
   capitalize with lime bottom border */
h2 {
	border-bottom: 1px solid lime;
  text-align: left;
  text-transform: capitalize;
  word-spacing: 20px;
	color: purple;

/* Set fonts for headings */
h1 h2 h3 {
  font: italic lighter 1.1em/200% Arial;

/* Align h3 headings to the right with 2px letter spacing*/
h3 {
	border: 1px solid red;
	padding: 3px;
  font: small-caps 0.9em/80% Arial;
  text-align: right;
  letter-spacing: 2px;

/* Set fonts for paragraphs */
p {
  font-style: oblique;
  font-size: 90%;
  font-weight: bolder;

/* Set fonts for paragraph with id and colour teal*/
#para1 {
  font-style: italic;
  font-size: 130%;
  font-weight: 900;
	color: teal;

/* Set fonts for paragraph with id */
.para2 {
  font-style: italic;
  font-size: 80%;
  font-weight: 100;

/* Set a padding around images to see the effects of 
   changing the border colour, style and width */
img {
	border: 2px solid orange;
	padding: 10px;

/* Set all borders then change right hand border only */
#img1 {
	border: 4px solid black;
	border-right: groove blue 6px;

/* Set all borders then change widths as follows
   Top border set to 10px, left and right border set to 1px 
	 and bottom border set 5px */
#img2 {
	border: 2px solid green;
	border-width: 10px 1px 5px;

/* Top and bottom border set to red, left and right border set to blue 
   Top border set ridge, left/right border set dotted and bottom border set double */
#img3 {
	border-color: red blue;
	border-style: ridge dotted double;

/* border styles set individually overwriting certain borders
   border widths set individually  overwriting certain borders */
#img4 {
	border-top-color: maroon;
	border-left-style: dashed;
	border-right-width: 7px;


<h1>CSS Basics Summary</h1>
<h2>Using the CSS Properties From This Section</h2>
<h3>Some Images</h3>
<p class="para2">Set all borders then change right hand border only.
<img id="img1" src="http://server2client.com/images/beefalepiesmall.jpg"
    alt="Beef and Ale Pie" />
<p id="para1">3 properties set for border in width.
<img id="img2" src="http://server2client.com/images/beefalepiesmall.jpg"
    alt="Beef and Ale Pie" />
<h3>Some more images</h3>
<p>2 properties set for border colour and style.
<img id="img3" src="http://server2client.com/images/beefalepiesmall.jpg"
    alt="Beef and Ale Pie" />
<p class="para2">Set individual properties.
<img id="img4" src="http://server2client.com/images/beefalepiesmall.jpg"
    alt="Beef and Ale Pie" />

Save the file in the C:\_CSSBasics folder as lesson_10_csspage.html and close the Notepad.

save basics summary

Viewing Our Saved File

From the C:\_CSSBasics folder, double click on the saved file and it will appear in your default web browser and look something like the following image.

css basics summary

Reviewing Our Changes

A good understanding of the box model and how it effects the position of elements on our pages is key to getting the layouts and placement we want.

Understanding how we can manipulate text visually and spacially can really give our text impact and draw users to areas we want them to notice.

Good use of fonts and ensuring that all users can see a common font from the selections we make, means that our pages will be presentable and readable on any computer.

Lesson 10 Complete

The CSS properties presented in this basics section represent nearly half of the CSS properties available for use. Take some time to get to grips with them and modify the file and see what improvements you can make to the visual representation depicted above.

Related Tutorials

CSS Intermediate Tutorials Summary

CSS Advanced Tutorials Summary

What's Next?

With the basics in place its time to move onto the intermediate tutorials and really drive home what we have learnt so far.

CSS Reference

Border Colour Border Style
The border-top-color CSS PropertyThe border-top-style CSS Property
The border-right-color CSS PropertyThe border-right-style CSS Property
The border-bottom-color CSS PropertyThe border-bottom-style CSS Property
The border-left-color CSS PropertyThe border-left-style CSS Property
The border-color CSS PropertyThe border-style CSS Property
Border WidthBorder Shorthand
The border-top-width CSS PropertyThe border-top CSS Property
The border-right-width CSS PropertyThe border-right CSS Property
The border-bottom-width CSS PropertyThe border-bottom CSS Property
The border-left-width CSS PropertyThe border-left CSS Property
The border-width CSS PropertyThe border CSS Property
The margin-top CSS PropertyThe padding-top CSS Property
The margin-right CSS PropertyThe padding-right CSS Property
The margin-bottom CSS PropertyThe padding-bottom CSS Property
The margin-left CSS PropertyThe padding-left CSS Property
The margin CSS PropertyThe padding CSS Property
The font CSS PropertyThe letter-spacing CSS Property
The font-family CSS PropertyThe white-space CSS Property
The font-size CSS PropertyThe word-spacing CSS Property
The font-style CSS Property
The font-variant CSS Property
The font-weight CSS Property
The color CSS Property
The text-align CSS Property
The text-decoration CSS Property
The text-indent CSS Property
The text-transform CSS Property

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