Chapter 2. Laying the CSS Groundwork

OUR GOAL IN THIS BOOK is to give you lots of handy techniques that’ll help you quickly create beautiful sites that conform to Web standards and are accessible to everyone, using the CSS layouts and tools of Dreamweaver CS4. But before we can really jump into projects, we want to be sure we’re all on the same page (metaphorically) as far as understanding the terminology of CSS and the interface of Dreamweaver. This chapter, then, is a quick-and-dirty CSS primer, with some hands-on Dreamweaver exercises that’ll get you up and running and familiar with Dreamweaver’s CSS tools and the CSS layouts.

We’ll start by introducing the basic concepts of CSS. We’ll then create an equal height, two-column layout with header ...

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