Struggles and Discoveries With CSS

The strategic rational behind this site, Thai Delights, was simply to create a Thai-themed site based on the delicious cuisine of Thailand. The banner font, “Pad Thai,” found on dafont.com, was “an attempt to make a roman alphabet font with some of the texture of Thai script,” according to the person who created it. It gave the pages a lovely foreign look, which was complimented by the main content font, “Kaushan Script,” which was found on Google Fonts. The background is an image of the Thai flag, and the pages include a color scheme of red, blue, and white to match. However, black was also used for much of the font because it looks professional and is easy to read. While there were a few borders used here and there, the main idea behind this site is that less is more– the intent was to make the site sleek and clean looking.

CSS is beneficial for anyone wanting to create a website because not only is it free, but it also allows the user to customize every little detail of his or her page. Unlike other website-building softwares which do all of the work for the user, CSS gives the user the basic building blocks to create a website from scratch, and therefore maintain ownership and intent behind it. It’s a very organized way of web designing, as well, because it separates content from style. CSS is also beneficial for web designers because because it is fairly similar across different browsers, and therefore allows the web designer to maximize the amount of people who can see it. Standards are very important on the web, especially since there’s a growing number of browsers and platforms that people are using. Lastly, CSS is beneficial because it allows the web designer to incorporate codes, such as the alt code, for seeing and hearing impaired computers.

Some of the most helpful sources for learning to code with CSS are:

  • W3Schools.com, which provides tutorials and references for HTML, CSS and more.
  • Dafont.com, which provides a huge variety of fonts to make pages stand out. (Be sure to make them images, though, because not all computers have these fonts installed!)
  • Google Fonts, which doesn’t have quite the selection as Dafont, but allows web designers to use fonts without installing them or making them into images.
  • ColorPick Eye Dropper, an app which allows web developers to select colors from online pages to use in their own pages.
  • Codecademy, which provides tutorials on CSS and a number of other coding softwares. They can be very helpful practice!
  • TextFixer, which allows users to convert Word documents and other large clumps of text into HTML mark-ups.

The great thing about CSS is that since it’s the standard in web design, there are many resources out there for learning to use it.

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