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Basics of Web Design
HTML5 & CSS3 Fourth Edition

Chapter 6 – More CSS Basics

You'll add to your CSS skill set in this chapter. You will be introduced to the CSS box model and configure margin, border, and padding. You'll also explore new CSS3 properties to round corners, apply shadow, and configure color with opacity. Resource websites and chapter links are listed below.

The Box Model

The Box Model

  • Content
    Text and web page elements in the container
  • Padding
    Area between the content and the border
  • Border
    Area between the padding and the margin
  • Margin
    Determines the empty space between the element and adjacent elements

Explore CSS layout techniques at Little Boxes

Browser Support of CSS3 Properties

CSS3 Code Generators

There are several handy CSS3 code generators that provide an easy way to quickly experiment with settings for CSS3 properties including border-radius, box-shadow, text-shadow, gradients and more. Several are listed below:


You can use HSLA color right now if you follow the principle of progressive enhancement and also provide an RGB color.

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Review Games

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CSS Tricks

Visit CSS Tricks for more CSS3 resources and tutorials.

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