Springtime Template

  Picture of Arboretum. The Springtime Template was created using one of the layouts from Eric Meyer's CSS Sculptor for Expression Web. It is a one column fluid layout which will resize to 800x600 with no horizontal scroll. However, the maximum width of the container has been set at 1024px. Both the style sheet and the template validate. The page was coded using an XHTML Transitional doctype. Editable regions in the dwt include the doctitle, headsection (description and keywords), and the main content area. All of the gradient images were created using Dynamic Drive's Gradient Image Maker.

NOTES

  • The page background uses a gradient image 20px by 700px tiled horizontally with the top color #4A3C32 and the bottom color #786159. The bottom color of the gradient is also the background color of the page.
  • The background for the Site Name is a gradient image which measures 5px by 60px and is tiled horizontally. The top color of the gradient is #44583A and the bottom color is #5A754D.
  • The background image for the masthead is 1024px by 355px although the height of the header div is set at 250px. You can certainly increase the height if you wish. You can also change the header image to one of your choice.
  • The container for the page is set at 80% but a maximum width of 1024px is set to constrain the container to the size of the header image.
  • The menu uses the Project Seven CSS Express Menu. The menu is an include so that it is easier for you to edit.

Photograph of trillum.The images are floated to the left and right by applying a classs imglft or imgrgt. Classes are included for using small text and for centering content within a <p> tag. Others classes should be added as you need them.

To change colors, font families and sizes, edit the style rules in the external style sheet. As you work in Expression Web, the masthead image will look like it does not fill the area BUT if you preview in your browser, you will see that it does.  The templates has been checked in IE6, IE 7, Firefox 3 and Opera 9.

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