Tue, March 16


10 AM - 12 PM

Intro to web development - Part 2

Customize Sublime Text 3

Install a theme to the text editor

  1. Press cmd + shift + P or ctrl + shift + P (on Windows/Linux) to access the Package Control
  2. Type “install”
  3. Search for “Material Theme”
  4. Press enter

A new tab should open with the confirmation of the just installed theme.

  1. Press cmd + , or Preferences > Settings - User (on Win/Linux) which opens the user settings
  2. Copy and paste "theme": "Material-Theme.sublime-theme", "color_scheme": "Packages/Material Theme/schemes/Material-Theme.tmTheme" (pay attention to the commas)

You should now have your brand new Sublime Text theme. If you notice some graphical problems simply restart Sublime.

Starting point

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Name Surname, Designer</title>
    <meta description="Write here a nice description about your practise and persona. Between 150 and 160 characters">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">
    <h1>Name Surname</h1>
    <img src="http://placekitten.com/400/300" alt="A brief description of the picture for screenreaders of if the load fails">
      A short description about your practice, your knowledge, clients you worked for, your skills, etc.

New HTML Tags

  • Header
    It represents a group of introductory or navigational aids. It may contain some heading elements but also other elements like a logo, wrapped section’s header, a search form, and so on.
  <img src="logo.gif" alt="Brand's logo">
  <h1>Brand's name</h1>
  • Navigation
    It represents a section of a page that links to other pages or to parts within the page: a section with navigation links.
  <a href="/about/">About</a>
  <a href="/work/">Work</a>
  <a href="/contact/">Contact</a>
  <a href="/blog/">Blog</a>
  • Footer
    It typically contains information about the author of the section, copyright data or links to related documents.
  <p>© 2016 Name Surname, unless otherwise noted.</p>
  <p>Write me: <a href="mailto:someone@example.com">someone@example.com</a></p>
  • Section
    It represents a generic section of a document, i.e., a thematic grouping of content, typically with a heading. Each <section> should be identified, typically by including a heading (<h1>-<h6> element) as a child of the <section> element.
  <p>The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is....</p>
  • Article
    It represents a self-contained composition in a document, page, application, or site, which is intended to be independently distributable or reusable (e.g., in syndication). This could be a forum post, a magazine or newspaper article, a blog entry, an object, or any other independent item of content. Each <article> should be identified, typically by including a heading (<h1>-<h6> element) as a child of the <article> element.
  <h1>Google Chrome</h1>
  <p>Google Chrome is a free, open-source web browser developed by Google, released in 2008.</p>
  • Main
    It represents the main content of the <body> of a document or application. The main content area consists of content that is directly related to, or expands upon the central topic of a document or the central functionality of an application. This content should be unique to the document, excluding any content that is repeated across a set of documents such as sidebars, navigation links, copyright information, site logos, and search forms (unless the document’s main function is as a search form).

The HTML Tags descriptions are from the Mozilla Developer Network.



Classes are identifiers which can be manually added to HTML in order to make it easier to style. Classes are generally used when many elements share the same styles.

<div class="class1 class2 class3">


Pseudo-classes specify a state of an element.

selector:pseudo-class {
  property: value;

For example:

p em:last-of-type {
  color: lime;
  <em>I'm not lime :(</em>
  <strong>I'm not lime :(</strong>
  <em>I'm lime :D</em>
  <strong>I'm also not lime :(</strong>

  <em>I'm not lime :(</em>
  <span><em>I am lime!</em></span>
  <strong>I'm not lime :(</strong>
  <em>I'm lime :D</em>
  <span><em>I am also lime!</em> <strike> I'm not lime </strike></span>
  <strong>I'm also not lime :(</strong>

There are many pseudo-classes available like:

  • :hover
  • :active
  • :focus
  • :first-child
  • :last-child
  • :nth-child
  • :first-of-type
  • :last-of-type
  • …and many more!

For a full introduction on pseudo-classes I would suggest you to check the page on MDN.

Advanced selectors

Style everything on the page: * {...}

Style all the children of elements with class .header: .header > * {...}

Style all the children of elements with class .header that are a tags: .header > a {...}

Style all the descendants (children, children of children and so on) of elements with class .header that are a tags: .header a {...}

CSS Layouts

Centering elements

There are two ways of centering elements depending on their context:

Text elements (e.g. paragraphs, titles)

text-align: center;

Block elements (e.g. containers)

margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;