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I am trying to create my first CSS style sheet from scratch (I've worked a little bit with pre-existing ones) and I can't figure out why it's not working.

Also, I can't figure out why the styles I create have the dot before them while the styles in the pre-existing template don't have dots. (Assuming this is of any relevance)
Also, how do I create a specific div? These seem to be the ones with # in front of them.

But for starters, why isn't the text in the Intro div picking up Intro's properties?

Thanks,
John
CSS CODE:
html {
	margin: 0;
	padding: 0;
	}
body { 
	font: 16px/1.88889 "Gill Sans MT";
	color: #000000; 
	background: #fff url(h1.jpg) no-repeat bottom left; 
	margin: 0; 
	padding: 0;
	}
.Intro {
	font-family: "Brush Script MT";
	font-size: 24px;
	font-weight: bold;
	color: #FF3399;
}
 
HTML CODE:
 
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
  "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" >
<head>
	<script type="text/javascript"></script>
	
	<style type="text/css" media="all">
	</style>
	
    <link href="textra.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
</head>
<body>
		<div id="Intro">
			<p class="p1">Why isn't this text showing up as 24px, Brush Script, #CC66FF, bold? <br />
</div>
 
And this one?
</body>
 
</html>

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> Also, I can't figure out why the styles I create have the dot before them while the styles in the pre-existing template don't have dots.

pre-existing template contains the HTML TAG names, which can not be changed, body is a valid HTML tag so CSS parser knows i am applying this to the BODY of HTML. but if you create a custom Class you put . next to it and for the IDs you use #.

 > why isn't the text in the Intro div picking up Intro's properties

in CSS nesting rule works. in your example you have..
<div id="Intro">
<p class="p1">Why isn't this text showing up as 24px, Brush Script, #CC66FF, bold? <br />
</div>

so in your CASE "p1" will be applied to the Text because it comes AFTER div id="Intro".

also in your CASE it should say #Intro in the declaration because it is a "ID".




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Correct Version Should be...
CSS CODE:
html {
	margin: 0;
	padding: 0;
	}
body { 
	font: 16px/1.88889 "Gill Sans MT";
	color: #000000; 
	background: #fff url(h1.jpg) no-repeat bottom left; 
	margin: 0; 
	padding: 0;
	}
#Intro {
	font-family: "Brush Script MT";
	font-size: 24px;
	font-weight: bold;
	color: #FF3399;
}
 
HTML CODE:
 
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
  "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" >
<head>
	<script type="text/javascript"></script>
	
	<style type="text/css" media="all">
	</style>
	
    
</head>
<body>
		<div id="Intro">
			Why isn't this text showing up as 24px, Brush Script, #CC66FF, bold? <br />
</div>
 
And this one?
</body>
 
</html>

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<style>
 
html {
	margin: 0;
	padding: 0;
	}
body { 
	font: 16px/1.88889 "Gill Sans MT";
	color: #000000; 
	background: #fff url(h1.jpg) no-repeat bottom left; 
	margin: 0; 
	padding: 0;
	}
#Intro {
	font-family: "Brush Script MT";
	font-size: 24px;
	font-weight: bold;
	color: #FF3399;
}
</style>
 
HTML CODE:
 
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
  "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" >
<head>
	<script type="text/javascript"></script>
	
	<style type="text/css" media="all">
	</style>
	
    
</head>
<body>
		<div id="Intro">
			Why isn't this text showing up as 24px, Brush 
 
Script, #CC66FF, bold? <br />
</div>
 
And this one?
</body>
 
</html>

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by:gabrielPennyback
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Thanks! you know I tried just renaming .Intro with a #, and it wouldn't take.  How did you do it?
Anyway, I didn't have to change the html at all for it to work.  also, even though referring to an external CSS file is hardly relevant for this page, I'm trying to lean the basics so I will be able to start learning how to do more sophisticated pages with CSS. So how would the HTML code go with the reference to the external stylesheet restored?

Also  if I wanted to limit the size of the Intro ID box, how would I do it.  I tried doing it with the box parameters in the style sheet, but it didn't do any good. How do I do that?

Finally where can I download something that will reallydefine and explain all of the terms for me: div, id, class, etc.

Thanks,
John
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by:Saqib Khan
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ok external link to CSS is same as you have CSS code written within the same file. so that should not be a problem.

Secondly why my code worked for text is because you have a <p> tag with a class name which overwrites the INTRO id, as i said before CSS is all about nesting, HTML will apply the closet Class/ID property to it.

its time to do alot of reading on CSS

and if want to limit the wize you use width and height property.

http://www.cssbasics.com/
www.w3schools.com
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thanks, adilkhan.  The links look great. Could be just what I need right now.

John
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