Intorduction to XHTML and CSS

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• XHTML is relatively simple. You do most of your
  work with about twenty tags.
• XHTML is orderly and structured
• Good references and tutorial sites are available
• Follow the standards and your work will be much
  simpler, more consistent, and your results more
 • Plus your co-workers will like you more
Device Independence

  Your audience may view your site with many
   different devices and browser types.
The Browser

         The browser is not print!
The Browser Is Not Print
• No fixed page size
• No fixed page length
• User can change the font size
• User can link to her/his own local style sheet
• Screen size can be tiny or huge
The Adjustable Document
The Birth of HTML
• Created by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN
• Open standard developed under supervision of the World
 Wide Web Consortium (
 • Works to ensure the full potential of the Web for shared, integrated
   functionality is realized
The History of HTML/XHTML
•   1992 – HTML first defined
•   1994 – HTML 2.0
•   1995 – Netscape specific non-standard HTML
•   1996 – HTML 3.2, compromise version
•   1997 – HTML 4.0, separates content from presentation
•   1998 – XML standard for writing Web languages
•   2000 – XHTML 1.0, XML compliant HTML
•   2002 – XHTML 2.0
Problems With HTML
• Competing versions of browsers introduced
  features beyond the standards
• Inconsistent implementations of display engines
  and scripting
• Content and presentation mixed together
 • Layout often done with tables
 • Each element had many presentation attributes,
  resulting in laborious maintenance
• The ―Slop Code Era‖
• XHTML is a version of HTML modified to conform to the
  XML standard
• Designed to separate content from presentation
  • Content in XHTML
  • Presentation controlled by Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
• Extensible – Additional elements can be defined
• XML Compatible – Other XML based languages can be
  embedded in XHTML documents
• Like a programming language
  • Specific syntax to use
  • Validators help you get it right
XHTML Differences
• Case is significant
• All elements must have begin tags and end tags
• Empty elements contain their own end tag
  <br />
• Attribute values must be enclosed in quotation
• More specfics available at
A Simple XHTML File
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
        My Home Page
      <h1>My Home Page </h1>
       Welcome to my home page
Hierarchical Structure

   Well formed xhtml forms a hierarchy
Content Types

Documents are made up of logical types of content.
Semantic Structure

 Content of the same type usually is formatted to look
  the same.
Semantic Markup

HTML markup is based on logical content types

            The resulting hierarchy
The DOCTYPE Statement
• Declares the specific version of HTML or XHTML
  being used on the page
• Used by the browser to decide how to process
  the page
• Three types
  • Transitional - Forgiving
  • Strict – Requires adherence to standards
  • Frameset – Use if page has frames
• Always first in file
• Enter exactly as below

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN―

• Using Strict encourages standards based coding
  • Validators will flag logical errors in your methods
  • Your CSS will work better and more predictably
• Consist of three parts
  • Begin tag, which can contain attributes
  • Contents
  • End tag
• Example:
<p id=―intro‖>Welcome</p>
• W3schools specifications for <p>
• Always only used in the element begin tag
• Three types
  • Optional attributes: Varies with element type
  • Standard attributes: id, class, title, style, dir, lang,
  • Event attributes: onclick, ondblclick, onmousedown,
    onmouseup, onmouseover, onmousemove,
    onmouseout, onkeypress, onkeydown, onkeyup
    • Used in scripting
Empty Elements
• Some elements have no content and therefore
 also have no end tag
 • <img src=―photo.jpg‖ />
 • <br />
 • <hr />
 • <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href=―main.css" />
• In XHTML, which requires end tags on all
 elements, a single tag represents both the begin
 and end tag
<h1>, <h2>, <h3>, etc.
• Headings on the page
• Represent the main topic, subtopics, subsubtopics, etc. of
  the page
• Important to use they in a logical manner, which greatly
  helps assistive technology like voice browsers present the
  page content intelligibly
• Paragraph
• Important for presentation control to put text in an
  element. When in doubt, put text in a paragraph
• Blockquotes (<blockquote>) except they have wider left
  and right margins
• Unordered lists (bulleted lists)
• Ordered lists (numbered lists)
Text Markup
• Bolding
   • <b>text</b>
   • <strong>text</strong>
• Italics
   • <i>text</i>
   • <em>text</em>
• Other
   • <sub>text</sub> subscript
   • <sup>text</sup> superscript
   • <del>text</del> deleted text
<table border cellspacing="5" cellpadding="10">
   <caption>People on the team</caption>
• Graphics are placed by using an img element
• The alt attribute provides alternative text describing the
 graphic in case the graphic itself cannot be shown or the
 user cannot see the graphic
<img src="picture.gif" alt="Suzzallo">
• Anchors can link your page to any file on the Web

         <a href="">
         University of Washington </a>
• Divs enclose a set of elements

 <div style=―text-align: center;‖>
  <h2> News</h2>
  <p><a href=―budget.html‖>Budget</a></p>
  <p><a href=―invest.html‖>Investment</a></p>
• Spans enclose objects (text, graphics) within an element

 <p>Call me Ishmael. Some years ago — <span
 style=―font-style: italic;‖>never mind how long
 precisely</span> — having little or no money in my purse,
 and nothing particular to interest me on shore,
Cascading Style Sheets
• Are used to control how elements are presented
  in the Web page
• Use a different syntax that HTML/XHTML
• Work with the common visual browsers (Internet
  Explorer, FireFox, Opera)
• Used properly, can great simplify visual design,
  site management and content maintenance
A Style
Selector   Property       Value
   p     { font-family:   times; }

• Note the punctuation: The property is followed by a colon
 (:) and the value is followed by a semicolon(;)
Using CSS

Styles can be set in a stylesheet, in a style element
 in the head or in a style attribute
• Simple selectors
  p { color: blue }
  h1, h2, h3, h4 { font-style: italic; }
• Contextual selectors
  ul li { font-weight: bold; }
  #main img { border: solid black 5px; }
  p.intro { font-family: verdana, sans-serif;}
The Box Model

Each element has padding, border, and margin
Vertical Margins

 The larger of the two vertical margins will determine
  the distance between elements
Visual Formatting Model

 Pages are built as a series of blocks stacked from the top down
Controlling Layout
• Styles can control size and placement of elements
• Example:
 #nav { width: 12em; float: left; }
 #news { width: 12em; float: right; }
 #main { margin: 1em 13em 1em 13em;
Nav Div Float Left
Nav Div Float Right
Nav Across Top

Items in the Nav bar are anchors within a div

HTML-Kit (Windows) is free editor that makes it easy to make
 standards compliant XHTML
HTML-Kit Has Tidy

Press F9 and your XHTML is validated and tidied for
 easy reading

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