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XHTML and CSS. Rick Ells UW Technology http://staff.washington.edu/rells/. Using HTML/XHTML. XHTML is relatively simple. You do most of your work with about twenty tags. XHTML is orderly and structured Good references and tutorial sites are available

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Rick Ells

UW Technology


Using html xhtml l.jpg

  • XHTML is relatively simple. You do most of your work with about twenty tags.

  • XHTML is orderly and structured

  • Good references and tutorial sites are available

  • Follow the standards and your work will be much simpler, more consistent, and your results more reliable

    • Plus your co-workers will like you more

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Device Independence

Your audience may view your site with many different devices and browser types.

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The Browser

The browser is not print!

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The Browser Is Not Print

  • No fixed page size

  • No fixed page length

  • User can change the font size

  • User can link to her/his own local style sheet

  • Screen size can be tiny or huge

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The Birth of HTML

  • Created by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN

  • Open standard developed under supervision of the World Wide Web Consortium (www.w3.org)

    • Works to ensure the full potential of the Web for shared, integrated functionality is realized

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The History of HTML/XHTML

  • 1992 – HTML first defined

  • 1994 – HTML 2.0

  • 1995 – Netscape specific non-standard HTML

  • 1996 – HTML 3.2, compromise version

  • 1997 – HTML 4.0, separates content from presentation

  • 1998 – XML standard for writing Web languages

  • 2000 – XHTML 1.0, XML compliant HTML

  • 2002 – XHTML 2.0

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Problems With HTML

  • Competing versions of browsers introduced features beyond the standards

  • Inconsistent implementations of display engines and scripting

  • Content and presentation mixed together

    • Layout often done with tables

    • Each element had many presentation attributes, resulting in laborious maintenance

  • The “Slop Code Era”

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  • XHTML is a version of HTML modified to conform to the XML standard

  • Designed to separate content from presentation

    • Content in XHTML

    • Presentation controlled by Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

  • Extensible – Additional elements can be defined

  • XML Compatible – Other XML based languages can be embedded in XHTML documents

  • Like a programming language

    • Specific syntax to use

    • Validators help you get it right

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XHTML Differences

  • Case is significant

  • All elements must have begin tags and end tags <p>Hello</p>

  • Empty elements contain their own end tag <br />

  • Attribute values must be enclosed in quotation marks

  • More specfics available at http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/#diffs

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A Simple XHTML File

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">




My Home Page




<h1>My Home Page </h1>


Welcome to my home page




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Hierarchical Structure

Well formed xhtml forms a hierarchy

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Content Types

Documents are made up of logical types of content.

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Semantic Structure

Content of the same type usually is formatted to look the same.

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Semantic Markup

HTML markup is based on logical content types

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The resulting hierarchy

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The DOCTYPE Statement

  • Declares the specific version of HTML or XHTML being used on the page

  • Used by the browser to decide how to process the page

  • Three types

    • Transitional - Forgiving

    • Strict – Requires adherence to standards

    • Frameset – Use if page has frames

  • Always first in file

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  • Enter exactly as below

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN“


  • Using Strict encourages standards based coding

    • Validators will flag logical errors in your methods

    • Your CSS will work better and more predictably

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  • Consist of three parts

    • Begin tag, which can contain attributes

    • Contents

    • End tag

  • Example:

    <p id=“intro”>Welcome</p>

  • W3schools specifications for <p>http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_p.asp

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  • Always only used in the element begin tag

  • Three types

    • Optional attributes: Varies with element type

    • Standard attributes: id, class, title, style, dir, lang, xml:lang

    • Event attributes: onclick, ondblclick, onmousedown, onmouseup, onmouseover, onmousemove, onmouseout, onkeypress, onkeydown, onkeyup

      • Used in scripting

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Empty Elements

  • Some elements have no content and therefore also have no end tag

    • <img src=“photo.jpg” />

    • <br />

    • <hr />

    • <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href=“main.css" />

  • In XHTML, which requires end tags on all elements, a single tag represents both the begin and end tag

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<h1>, <h2>, <h3>, etc.

  • Headings on the page

  • Represent the main topic, subtopics, subsubtopics, etc. of the page

  • Important to use they in a logical manner, which greatly helps assistive technology like voice browsers present the page content intelligibly

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  • Paragraph

  • Important for presentation control to put text in an element. When in doubt, put text in a paragraph

  • Blockquotes (<blockquote>) except they have wider left and right margins

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  • Unordered lists (bulleted lists)





  • Ordered lists (numbered lists)





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Text Markup

  • Bolding

    • <b>text</b>

    • <strong>text</strong>

  • Italics

    • <i>text</i>

    • <em>text</em>

  • Other

    • <sub>text</sub> subscript

    • <sup>text</sup> superscript

    • <del>text</del> deleted text

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<table border cellspacing="5" cellpadding="10">

<caption>People on the team</caption>














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  • Graphics are placed by using an img element

  • The alt attribute provides alternative text describing the graphic in case the graphic itself cannot be shown or the user cannot see the graphic

    <img src="picture.gif" alt="Suzzallo">

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  • Anchors can link your page to any file on the Web

<a href="http://www.washington.edu/">

University of Washington </a>

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  • Divs enclose a set of elements<div style=“text-align: center;”> <h2> News</h2> <p><a href=“budget.html”>Budget</a></p> <p><a href=“invest.html”>Investment</a></p></div>

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  • Spans enclose objects (text, graphics) within an element<p>Call me Ishmael. Some years ago — <span style=“font-style: italic;”>never mind how long precisely</span> — having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore,

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Cascading Style Sheets

  • Are used to control how elements are presented in the Web page

  • Use a different syntax that HTML/XHTML

  • Work with the common visual browsers (Internet Explorer, FireFox, Opera)

  • Used properly, can great simplify visual design, site management and content maintenance

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A Style

Selector  Property Value 

p { font-family: times; }

  • Note the punctuation: The property is followed by a colon (:) and the value is followed by a semicolon(;)

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Using CSS

Styles can be set in a stylesheet, in a style element in the head or in a style attribute

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  • Simple selectorsp { color: blue }h1, h2, h3, h4 { font-style: italic; }

  • Contextual selectorsul li { font-weight: bold; }#main img { border: solid black 5px; }p.intro { font-family: verdana, sans-serif;}

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The Box Model

Each element has padding, border, and margin

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Vertical Margins

The larger of the two vertical margins will determine the distance between elements

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Visual Formatting Model

Pages are built as a series of blocks stacked from the top down

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Controlling Layout

  • Styles can control size and placement of elements

  • Example: #nav { width: 12em; float: left; }#news { width: 12em; float: right; }#main { margin: 1em 13em 1em 13em;

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Nav Across Top

Items in the Nav bar are anchors within a div

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HTML-Kit (Windows) is free editor that makes it easy to make standards compliant XHTML

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HTML-Kit Has Tidy

Press F9 and your XHTML is validated and tidied for easy reading

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  • HTML-Kit editor – http://chami.com/

  • Amaya editor – http://www.w3c.org/Amaya

  • W3schools XHTML and CSS tutorials – http://www.w3schools.com/

  • Web Head Start tutorials – http://www.webheadstart.org/

  • Tidy Web Interface - http://www.washington.edu/webinfo/tidy.cgi

  • CSS Validator - http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

  • Dave Raggett XHTML and CSS tutorials - http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Guide/Overview.html

  • Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM) - http://www.webaim.org/

  • Color contrast analyzer - http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/info.aspx?page=628

  • Stylin’ With CSS, A Designer’s Guide, Second Edition by Charles Wyke-Smith