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Part III: Web Page Graphics > Custom Backgrounds and Colors

Hour 11. Custom Backgrounds and Colors

Nearly every example Web page in Hours 1 through 10 has a white background and black text. In this hour, you'll find out how to make pages with background and text colors of your choosing. You'll also discover how to make your own custom background graphics and how to let the background show through parts of any image you put on your Web pages.

Caution

The World Wide Web Consortium—the group that created the HTML 4 standard—recommends that you control the colors on your Web pages using style sheets instead of the regular HTML tags discussed in this hour.

In Hour 16 you'll learn all about using style sheets and why they are officially recommended. However, style sheets only work in Netscape Navigator 4 or later and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 or later. If you want anyone using a different Web browser (or an earlier version) to be able to see your color choices, you should still use the tags and attributes discussed in this hour.

This hour also explains how to make transparent images and background tiles—techniques that will come in handy whether or not you are usingstyle sheets.



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