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Thread began 4/17/2009 7:13 am by lisa315733 | Last modified 4/18/2009 7:47 am by lisa315733 | 1807 views | 2 replies

lisa315733

CSS Layout Questions

Although I have been designing sites for several years using table-based layout, I am new to CSS Layouts and that is why I purchase CSS Sculptor and am trying to understand the proper way of using CSS to layout a site and have a few questions as to how/why CSS Sculptor formats the CSS the way it does.

An example would be:

#outerWrapper #mainContentWrapper #insideContentWrapper #content #equipment a:link, a:visited

1) I could understand this if every div needs the properties of #outerWrapper but if they don't then shouldn't it be formatted like this instead?

#outerWrapper {
formatting }
#mainContentWrapper {
formatting }
#insideContentWrapper {
formatting }
#content {
formatting }
#equipment a:link, a:visited {
formatting }


2) Also, I have seen on several sites where the CSS div is formated differently and am trying to understand the use or do they all do the same thing?

#wrapper
div#wrapper
d.wrapper


3) Using Resets. I understand the concept of using resets at the top of a css file in case a tag isn't closed but what is the proper formatting?

Is this how a CSS file should be formatted:

Resets (i.e., HTML, Body, p)
Layout DIVs (i.e., #wrapper, #contentWrapper, #leftColumn, #content)
Classes (i.e., img border, etc.)

So should the classes be located at bottom of the CSS file, unless they are specific to a DIV?

I have noticed this because I am continuously running into problems with styling links differently depending on which section I'm on. Many times the previous link style gets overwritten by the one that comes after it so I am trying to understand how this works. For example, if I define my site wide links at the top of the CSS and then get more specific and do #content a:link, #leftColumn a:link, #content a:link, and have these all different, shouldn't each div link be styled differently?


Thanks,
Lisa

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