This section contains a variety of short topics on how to style the HTML version of an e-text.
Before you can use CSS you must understand basic HTML←click that link. There are a number of HTML tutorials on the web such as W3schools's HTML tutorial or RichInStyle's. There is a huge repository of web-design material at The University of Minnesota-Duluth site, including a massive list of CSS references.
As motivation and a study aid, look at some of the PP examples on PG. Not just to admire them (although admiration is certainly in order) but to use the View>Page Source option of your browser and actually read the HTML to see how the effects were obtained!
The first topic in this section is a cursory intro to CSS for the person who knows HTML. However, you might prefer a gentler or more thorough introduction such as W3Schools's or RichInStyle's. If you are print-oriented, the absolute best book on CSS is Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide by Eric Meyer. A newer book with a different style is CSS: The Missing Manual; you can browse the TOC and chapter 1 online.
When you know CSS better there are many sites where people display the clever & amazing things you can do with it, for example RichInStyle and MeyerWeb—there's even a large site devoted to nothing but CSS list styles! Of course, most of these tricks aren't allowed in PG etexts!
Other topics are:
- About: Terse intro to CSS syntax and use.
- Reference: Table of property names.
- Basic Text: Styling paragraphs and body margins.
- Heads: Styling headings and thought breaks.
- Lists: Styling lists.
- Tables: Styling tables and table entries.
- Block Quotes: Styling block quotes.
- TOC and Index: Styling the TOC, List of Illustrations, and Index.
- Images: Styling images.
- Poetry: Styling poetry.
- Sidenotes: Styling sidenotes and sidebars.
- Drama: Styling drama.
- Footnotes: Styling Guiguts's footnote code.
- Page Numbers: Styling Guiguts's visible page numbers.
|CSS Cookbook Topics|
|Intro||• Styles • Browser Issues • About • Reference|
|Styling||• Basic Text • Heads • Lists • Tables|
|• Block Quotes • TOC and Index • Images • Poetry|
|• Sidenotes • Drama • Footnotes • Page Numbers|