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    Why are they called cascading?

    I'm goind a presentation at a local college in my area about stylesheets for their HTML class. Can you believe that they don't learn CSS at all. You could have a associates degree in web design and not know stylesheets.

    But my "lesson plan" needs to know why they call them cascading style sheets. Anybody have any ideas?


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    What's the Cascading in CSS Stand For?
    Why cascading?

    Because styles are assigned priority, and the style with the highest priority is displayed. As Norman Walsh writes in Cascading Style Sheets Tutorial:

    If two styles have the same priority, the publisher's style sheet wins; otherwise, the higher priority style wins. Note, however, that browsers should provide a mechanism for disabling style sheets altogether so, in fact, the reader has final control.

    You should also be aware that style sheets work on the principle of "inheritance." For instance, if you define styles (say font face and color) for the BODY tag, all the text will "inherit" this font face and color because they're contained within the BODY tag. You can override this where necessary, and there are some problem tags.

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    You might want to provide a link for him Glen.
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    Originally posted by creole
    You might want to provide a link for him Glen.
    http://graphicdesign.about.com/libra...y/aa051498.htm

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    You go boy
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    Thanks guys.

    My presentation was a huge success. Although I did really piss off the teacher when I destroyed the methods that she taught for the past 4 years.

    I coudldn't believe that the instructor was teaching them about font tags! I haven't used a font tag since 1999!

    I don't even remember how to program font tags anymore!


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    That's a shame! I can only imagine the talk about XML or XHTML. Why hasn't there been any discussion about CSS in there?

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    Likely because the teacher started building web pages in 1993, got a degree, started teaching class in 1998 and hasn't actually learned anything new since then.

    Did they use IE 3.0? Did she/he know what Flash was?
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    Originally posted by creole
    Likely because the teacher started building web pages in 1993, got a degree, started teaching class in 1998 and hasn't actually learned anything new since then.

    Did they use IE 3.0? Did she/he know what Flash was?
    Thats so sad. There is no point to class at that point then. You would have to relearn everything anyways. What a waste.
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    I've heard more than one person say that they got a degree in web design and once they got it were actually 2 years behind the times.
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    Originally posted by creole
    I've heard more than one person say that they got a degree in web design and once they got it were actually 2 years behind the times.
    We have a school in BC called BCIT. A number of universities will recommend it if you are trying to get into an IT positions. 3 years running they have 100% placement and they are constantly retraining there teachers. The teachers are max 6 months out of the loop when it comes to the different topics they teach including web design. Very impressive technical college

    To turn that ramble into something useful. I think all schools should do this or something similar. ESPECIALLY web design. It is moving so fast that you need updated teachers to continue the teaching.
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    I think the best thing to do in a course that moves as fast as the web is to have outside teachers. A friend of mine runs a successful design company out of his home. He also teaches a course in web design at a local design school. That's the ideal, someone who does it for a living.

    Web design isn;t like medicine. While new concepts are being worked on all the time, changes aren't really being made on a daily or weekly or even a monthly basis like in WD.
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    That's something I'm working towards, I mean teaching a class or so.

    All I've heard is that a degree in webdesign means nothing to anybody who actually does webdesign. I meet all kinds of people at my school, younger or older that always want to know how I'm so far ahead of the game. It's simple: I don't go to school much.

    My current goal is to keep pushing my knowledge about things to the classes and see what happens.


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    I agree...while there's certainly nothing wrong with going to school, I would actually think less of a person who had a degree in web design. To me it says "you can't learn it yourself". There's NOTHING hard about HTML. In fact, even were you to learn how to create it, they likely could not teach you all of the intracicies necessary to make your pages look good across all browsers.
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    Originally posted by creole
    I would actually think less of a person who had a degree in web design. To me it says "you can't learn it yourself".
    Okay in 3 months im doing a course on w/d provided i dont get a job before hand. The only reason i am doing the course is because to get a payed job around here doing it you need MINIMUM 6 months COMMERCIAL experience, now i have something like 3 years NON commercial experience, but that counts for nothing as i cant show that, atleast with the WD course, my marks would show that i know what im saying i know. do you catch me?


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