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Basics of Web Design
HTML5 & CSS3 Third Edition

Chapter 7 – Page Layout Basics

You've already configured centered page layout with CSS; we'll add to your toolbox of CSS page layout techniques in this chapter. You'll explore floating and positioning elements with CSS. You'll be introduced to a technique for configuring images called CSS sprites. You will also learn to use CSS to add interactivity to hyperlinks with pseudo-classes.

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A sprite is an image file that contains multiple small graphics that are configured as background images for various web page elements using the CSS background-image, background-repeat, and background-position properties. The single image saves download time because the browser only needs to make one http request for the combined image instead of many requests for the individual smaller images. Check out the following resources for more informaiton on sprites:

Chapter Updates

  • Page 222, Hands-On Practice 7.3
    The structure of the web page is:
      <div id="wrapper">
        <header> </header>
        <nav> </nav>
        <main> </main>
        <footer> </footer>

  • Page 236
    In Hands-on Practice 7.8 you'll create the web page shown in Figure 7.36.

  • Pacific Trails Resort Case Study
    Page 241: To add some extra space between the letters in the heading, configure 5px of letter-spacing for the h1 element selector.

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