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CSS novice seeking advice on building part of page layout using CSS

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I was wondering if anyone here might be able to offer me some advice for someone who can only use Macromedia Dreamweaver MX. I am (clearly!) a web design novice so apologies in advance if this is a silly question.

I have been asked to build a website to specifications provided by a graphic designer at very short notice. The specifications include the visual appearance of the page, set out with pixel widths, locations of graphics, fonts, etc. I believe CSS needs to be set in order to achieve part of the layout which is effectively a grid of boxes within a larger box. There are specific measurements for margins between the internal boxes, some contain pictures, some text, etc. I have no experience of CSS and whilst I have spent some time on the internet reading up on it I donít think I can learn how to write it properly in the timescales available to me.

I think I can get away with building most of the site through Dreamweaver using HTML as I normally would. However, the table part of the layout is a real problem. Is it possible to create a piece of CSS code that only relates to the content of a part of the layout? Controlling the appearance of an area within my main table layout?

I have been able to use Dreamweavers CSS facility to create font types, link types etc but have no more experience with it than that.

I am aware that designing websites with tables is rubbish compared to CSS etc but in this case I donít have the time to learn it all from scratch and thought if I could design the rest of the site and then insert some CSS for a specific part of the page this could solve that problem. What I need to know is if itís possible to do that and whether it will create further problems down the road or not. Are there any CSS generators that make it easy to generate the CSS code that would be necessary?

I hope this makes sense, itís not the easiest thing to explain!

Many thanks for any help/advice anyone has.

Kate
Aug 29 '07 #1
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