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Introduction to CSS3

This course is a part of Web Design for Everybody: Basics of Web Development & Coding, a 5-course Specialization series from Coursera.

The web today is almost unrecognizable from the early days of white pages with lists of blue links. Now, sites are designed with complex layouts, unique fonts, and customized color schemes. This course will show you the basics of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3). The emphasis will be on learning how to write CSS rules, how to test code, and how to establish good programming habits. When done correctly, the styling of a webpage can take enhance your page. When done incorrectly the result can be worse than no styling at all. To ensure that your sites do not put up barriers for people with cognitive and/or physical disabilities, you will learn how to evaluate pages using the standardized POUR accessibility guidelines. Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to sketch a design for a given HTML page. Using that design they will use CSS to implement the design by adding fonts, colors, and layouts. This is the second course in the Web Design For Everybody specialization. Subsequent courses focus on adding interaction with JavaScript and enhancing the styling with responsive design. It will be difficult to complete this course if you do not have access to a laptop or desktop computer for the homework.

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University of Michigan

Rating 4.7 based on 846 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Starts Feb 17 (last week)
Cost $79
From University of Michigan via Coursera
Instructors Colleen van Lent, Ph.D., Charles Severance, Charles Russell Severance
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Language English
Subjects Programming
Tags Computer Science Mobile And Web Development

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colleen van lent in 29 reviews


Colleen van Lent is very understandable and motivating.

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easy to follow in 10 reviews

A very interesting and easy to follow course on the basics of CSS3.

Easy to follow, albeit challenging at times for beginners excellent, very educational, interactive, good learning, sharing interesting content, also useful for those who want to learn as much as the one who already knows CSS can be complex but the professor made it easy to understand the materials.

Quite easy to follow and with access to course slides easy to review when needed.

Easy to follow for unexperienced students.

I will need to learn quite a bit more before I'm ready to do "real work" but this was a good start -- fun, easy to follow, and the lecture material was well-presented.

nice lectures Well organized and excellent instrutor Awesome instructor + great depth of content Nice :D It was a great experience I loved this course excellent way to learn 👍 A well-structured, well-taught and easy to follow introduction to CSS with lots of exercises to help improve your skills.

great experience nice course Great class - easy to follow and learn.

Easy to follow and gives a very well understanding of the main CSS3 concepts.

Clear and easy to follow.well paced and very articulate and clear communication.

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introduction to css3 in 9 reviews

I was entirely new to the web design space, but after taken the Introduction to HTML5 and Introduction to CSS3 courses, I can now design a web page to have a good look and feel.

Introduction to CSS3 gave me all the basics of it in a clear way that helped a lot understanding the material.

A very strong introduction to CSS3.

Great introduction to CSS3!

Although not comprehensive, this is a good introduction to CSS3.

nice introduction to css3 i really recommend it Great for learning the basis and get the grip of things, also it focus a lot in good practices!

Gentle introduction to CSS3, great assignments that solidify the concepts.

A great introduction to CSS3 I really enjoyed this course!

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university of michigan in 7 reviews

Thanks to Professor Coleen, University of Michigan and Coursera to provide me with this great opportunity.

Thank you dear Coursera, Ms van Lent and University of Michigan!

Another excellent course of the University of Michigan and Colleen van Lent!!

Specifically I got clear view of the Pseudo classes.Thanks to Coursera, University of Michigan and Dr. Colleen.

Absolutely recommend this course by the University of Michigan.

i like to learn in platform Coursera in whit the University of Michigan.

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learnt a lot in 6 reviews

I learnt a lot and although I'm in no way an expert, I feel I am equipped to take on the challenges of CSS and learning discovering more.

I learnt a lot!

As a complete newbie to CSS I have to say that I learnt a lot with this course!

I will rate this course as outstanding because I learnt a lot in this course because of the great teaching methods.

Learnt a lot.

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web development in 8 reviews

A very good course for people who want to learn about web development Great course, easy to keep up and interesting assignments!

Great course and specialization to start front end web development.

At the culmination of the CSS3 project, I feel ways more confident in my web development skills, although I am a far ways off being a web designer.

This course had introduced me to the next level of web development and i can continue to study about web development at the next level.

Thank you Learnt more new stuffs which could be helpful for Web development.

i suggest everyone who wanna make their carrier in web development and wants to learn the #CSS , learn from m/s COLLEEN.. Great course for beginners to start from the fundamentals of web design.

Excellent course Nice one to start learning web development...

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well explained in 8 reviews


Learn how to do basic website formatting and CSS I Thank the instructor for the was very helpful for me and well explained and practical knowledge was great.I'll suggest my friends for this course.

This course is so well explained it's difficult that you don't learn CSS3 easily.

Fresh and with basic concepts well explained!

Simple, well explained course.

Very well explained.

It's very well explained by Colleen van Len.

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web pages in 7 reviews

In few days, a very complete view of the wonderful world of styling Web pages, always thinking in accessibility.

Excellent teaching For long time, web pages had won the fight.

Thank you for the wonderful course It is a great course to learn how to style web pages using CSS for novices.

Great CSS course, I strongly recommend it to people who like to design web pages.

Thanks :) Great intermediate/beginner level covering a wide range of topics Very helpful introductory course to get one started to make beautiful-looking web pages.

This course was absolutely helpful to me as i have gained skills on how to style web pages elements using CSS3.

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very informative in 7 reviews

Very informative.

Very informative and structured course.

good course I like the courses where your work is reviewed by classmates Very Informative For beginner.

Great course, very informative and excellent for new learners GREAT COURSE !

Very informative and lots of fun, too!

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new things in 6 reviews

thanks for being so amazing nice Course Learned new things and new implementations it doesnot cover every thing of css but the most things everyday gets used are almost covered this course is very good course is amazing , with amazing study material.

A quick dive into css 3 to learn something new It's a great course however most of the assesment depend on peer grading I liked the course very much, the teacher is very dedicated, step by step, she encourages us to experiment and try new things, and she gives us very useful advices and tips.

Really nice and easy course So far i love learning new things even though its basic I have learned more about css Excellent Course!

This course is definately challenging with all the new things to learn but the instructor and the student community as well as the individual learning effort make it worthwhile really clarity,and I can systematically learn the web design.Thanks for the teacher ,colleen.

Truly a good learning experience and sure learnt alot new things about CSS3 and boosted my confidence in working on it.

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dr. colleen in 6 reviews

Dr. Colleen van Lent is excellent at hitting the right points, delivering the right content at the right time.

I really loved the peer grading system, better than any autograder :) Dr. Colleen is the best instructor ever!!

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University of Michigan

Rating 4.7 based on 846 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Starts Feb 17 (last week)
Cost $79
From University of Michigan via Coursera
Instructors Colleen van Lent, Ph.D., Charles Severance, Charles Russell Severance
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Programming
Tags Computer Science Mobile And Web Development

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