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pdxW&D: Hardcore CSS

851 SW 6th Ave., Suite 1600
Portland, OR 97204, US (map)
Public WiFi

Access Notes

Enter the the Pacific First building (851 SW 6th Ave) from the 6th Ave side. Security will code you into the elevator. Once on the 16th floor follow the sign.



Based on overwhelming positive feedback, folks found Hardcore HTML useful. But while it focused on semantically meaningful web documents, CSS is necessary to turn that document into something with visual impact. CSS is the next piece of the web puzzle that we'll cover here.

But everyone knows CSS, right? Sort of. Rather than rehashing how to color a paragraph red, we'll check out some forgotten/underutilized features (like partial attribute selection). Paired with HTML5, there are things you'll need to know, like:

  • What CSS specificity is, how it works, and how it has lately become more complex.
  • CSS3 is much richer than rounded corners and background gradients.
  • Animations and transformations are not as complex as you might think, and you no longer need javascript to do them.
  • New HTML5 inputs are styled differently from text, and can require more CSS to manage.
  • The new HTML5 attributes can be selected upon, and can help solve class-soup.
  • Simple tricks can create complex negative selectors (not matchers), even without the new :not() selector...

Whether you are a hardcore coder, a designer, or just a part-time web enthusiast, I (yet again) guarantee you'll learn something new.

Food provided by Vitamin-T

CSS3/HTML5 Books given away courtesy of Accelebrate

Space provided by Webtrends.