Bart Busschots joins us again for part 7 of his series Programming by Stealth. In this instalment we’ll build on our basic understanding of CSS from previous instalment. We’ll start with some new CSS selectors, in the process, introduce two new HTML tag attributes, then we’ll move on to the CSS box model. Each HTML tag is represented in the page as a box, and all those boxes can be manipulated with CSS.
Jim Sewell wrote this to me in an email in Markdown. He did this as an illustration of how he, along with Bart and just about everyone else, seem to think I’m missing the boat on using Markdown instead of html. I enjoyed it so I asked permission to share with all of you.
Thoughts about Markdown
I just had to jump in on this! 🙂
(My favorite) The file format lasts forever. Who can open my old WordStar files?
The output of a well formed document is beautiful with very little effort and great tools to help (see attached example from ByWord).
Apps exist to help create Markdown. If you want to use the more advanced features they help a lot but still aren’t necessary if you just learn the syntax. There are apps on the iPad that put a row of symbols above the keyboard to help
It lets you focus on what you are saying and not messing with all the fiddly bits of font size, color, alignment, etc.
I noticed today that Skype bolds things surrounded by asterisks.
To turn markdown into a pretty PDF is the same as turning HTML into a pretty PDF. They both need a processor – a program like Marked for MD and a browser for HTML.
In the 6th installment of Bart Busschots’ Programming by Stealth series, he introduces the concept of CSS to allow us to format our html pages. He gives us an overview of terminology, explains the different ways to add CSS to an HTML document, explains the basic syntax, and finally gives us some examples of text attribute changes. You can find his detailed shownotes at bartbusschots.ie/….
Also note that he’s now created a short url for us to be able to see all of the Programming By Stealth tutorials all in one place (along with an adorable logo) at http://bartb.ie/pbs.
Bart likes to give credit to the sites he references in his shownotes but the links get fairly clutterly. He wrote a very short (17 line) perl script and put it inside TextExpander to make pretty links instead. He wrote this for Markdown but since I like html better he created a version for html as well. He walks us through his detailed tutorial here: www.bartbusschots.ie/…. Then he tries to convince me that Markdown is awesome and html is dreadful. Listen along to see if he succeeds.
I mentioned an video tutorial series created by Richard Baker on TextExpander. Here’s a link to the one he did on embedding scripts into TextExpander: www.youtube.com/…
In this week’s episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond we have Bart Busschots with another installment of Programming by Stealth. He covers the syntax for images and links in HTML and the attributes you can apply and more importantly why you should apply them. He promises that with the first 5 episodes under our belts we’ll be ready to move on to understanding CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets. You can read along with his detailed tutorial and download the example files at \bartbusschots.ie/s/2015/12/27/programming-by-stealth-5-of-x-images-links/.
In the previous installment Bart introduced us to the concept of block-level tags, and in-line tags. Block level tags define blocks of text like headers, paragraphs and lists, and starting a new block-level tag generally starts a new line in the page. Inline tags on the other hand effect a part of a block, and opening an inline tag generally doesn’t start a new line. In the previous installment we looked at some of the most important block-level tags, in this installment we’ll look at some of the most common in-line tags.
In this week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart Busschots takes us through Programming By Stealth Part 3 of X – HTML Block Elements. In the previous instalment we introduced HTML, learned about HTML tags in the abstract, and looked at a basic template for all HTML pages. Over the next few instalments we’ll be working our way through the common HTML tags.
Bart Busschots is back with episode 2 of his Programming By Stealth series. He’ll take us on our first baby step towards programming by explaining how the Hyper-Text Markup Language works, better known to us all as HTML. HTML is not a true programming language, it is instead a simpler beast known as a markup language – it adds context to text.
It’s that time of the week again, it’s time for Chit Chat Across the Pond and this is episode 407 and I’m your host, Allison Sheridan . If you’re new here, Chit Chat Across the Pond has been an embedded part of the weekly show, the NosillaCast, since November 25th, 2007. I just decided to spin off Chit Chat Across the Pond as it’s own show and the feedback I’ve gotten from NosillaCast listeners has been overwhelmingly positive.
Chit Chat Across the Pond began as a weekly segment with Bart Busschots in Ireland (hence the pond bit) but over the years it has morphed into every other week with Bart, and the other every other week with me talking to someone I find interesting in tech. We’ve had some fabulous guests on in the past 8 years and I’ve got a long list of folks I still want to talk to so expect this series to go on as long as the NosillaCast.
All of that preamble is my way of saying we’re here with Bart Busschots where he’s starting a new series he’s calling Programming By Stealth. This episode originally aired as part of NosillaCast #544 on October 12th 2015, but I wanted it to be included in the standalone Chit Chat Across the Pond series. By the way, f you’re wondering what happened to Bart’s Security Lite segment, it’s staying with the NosillaCast.