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Part: I Creating Your First Style Sheet > Setting Your Page's Base Styles

Chapter 2. Setting Your Page's Base Styles

In this and the following chapter, you'll be creating a sample style sheet for a type of Web page that is fairly commonly found on the Web, a family home page. The purpose of this is not to show or tell you everything that there is to know about creating style sheets, but just to let you get your feet wet and get a sense of what a style sheet is and what it can do. While you'll be utilizing a fair number of CSS features in this and the next chapter, I'm not going to be spending any more time than necessary to explain what any particular feature is or what all the possible options are—I will provide cross-references, however, to where in the following chapters more complete and detailed explanations can be found for the CSS features presented in this chapter.

In this chapter, you will be doing the following:

  • Checking to see if you need to download a more recent browser.

  • Learning how to use this chapter's example file and preview your work in your browser.

  • Getting a brief rundown on the basic constituents of CSS style sheets and HTML files.

  • Setting styles to control the presentation of the body of your page, including setting page margins, fonts, colors, and background.

  • Setting styles to control the presentation of your page's paragraphs, including setting horizontal and vertical margins, creating text indents, and setting the line heights.


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