Free Microsoft Office Training and Tutorial Resources


June 30, 2006

56 Visio Tutorials and Tips

For those of you looking for help with learning the features of Visio, along with drawing its lines and arrows and using its shapes and graphics, here are a total of 56 Visio Tutorials and Tips. Included are several Visio learning articles and how to tutorials from Design Draw, one tutorial each from the Universities of Texas and Arizona, and four Visio tutorials from CNet.

Visio Tutorials and Tips from Design Draw

Visio Tutorials and “How-to” articles

Visio Tips

University of Texas Course 325: Database Model Diagram Visio Tutorial

University of Arizona Visio Tutorial – Draw a Data Flow Diagram Step by Step

4 CNET Visio Tutorials

Create Effective Visio diagrams for Network Documentation

Visualize Deadlines in Visio

Create a Timeline in Visio to Help Team Members Visualize Deadlines

Create your Own Custom Stencils in Microsoft Visio

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June 23, 2006

XML Learning Guide

This guide explains what XML is, how it’s used, and where it fits into the world of Web services. Here you will find XML articles, tutorials, examples, tips, tools, white papers, expert advice and more to increase your XML knowledge and understanding. XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a flexible way to create common information formats and then consistenly share both the format and the data on the WWW, intranets, and elsewhere. Using a standard way of describing data, as XML allows, enables users to send an intelligent agent (a program) to a target, such as a web site, gather data, make a comparison of the data, and then send back results to the user.. 

XML Learning Guide

Table of Contents

   XML Quick Start
   XML Articles
   XML White Papers
   XML Chapter Downloads
   XML Tutorials & Code Examples
   Developer Tools and Downloads
   Industry Quotes about XML
   Q&A with XML Experts
   Products using XML
   Online XML Resources
   XML Specs
   More Learning Guides

XML Quick Start

XML Articles

XML White Papers

XML Chapter Downloads

XML Tutorials and Code Examples

Developer Tools and Downloads

Industry Quotes about XML

Expert Advice from XML Experts

XML Products

Online Resources for XML

XML Specifications

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June 22, 2006

38 Latest Photoshop Tips and Tutorials from Adobe

Here are the 38 latest and most current Tips and Tutorials for Photoshop, direct from the graphic application’s creator, Adobe. Linked and described here are all of the newest Photoshop tutorials written in the last 6 months. On the page linked here you can search by topic, content type, and level.

38 Latest Photoshop Tips and Tutorials from Adobe

Action item: Be more productive by using Actions in Photoshop
Want to get more done in less time? Increase your productivity by using Actions to automate common tasks in Photoshop CS2.
2006-06-22 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced

Use layer masks to make realistic photomontages
Want to make your photomontages look more realistic? Learn the tricks of the trade and master the art of layer masks. We’ll show you how.
2006-06-01 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced

Simple adjustment layers
With adjustment layers, you can refine your edits at any time and vary the strength of an effect by changing the layer’s opacity.
2006-04-15 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced

Adjustment layer basics
Whether you edit a little or a lot, one image or many, adjustment layers provide exceptional flexibility, save space, and prevent image degradation.
2006-04-15 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced

Introducing miracle wrap
Experiment with the Plastic Wrap filter in Photoshop CS2 to create a realistic glistening or dribbling effect.
2006-04-01 - Tutoria -l Intermediate / Advanced

A DVD primer: From DV to DVD, enriching the experience of high-quality video
Learn about DVD technology (the formats, codecs and components), the basics of digital video, and how to design and produce DVD video.
2006-03-15 - Backgrounder - Intermediate / Advanced

A digital video primer: An introduction to DV production, post-production, and delivery
Learn the basics of digital audio and video (the formats, codecs, resolutions, aspect ratios, and tools), and how to apply them using Adobe Creative Suite.
2006-03-15 -  Backgrounder -  Intermediate / Advanced  

Compression primer
Learn all about audio and video compression so you can create the highest quality content for distribution on digital media.
2006-03-15 - Backgrounder - Intermediate / Advanced

Accurate color between Photoshop and Flash (SWF: 18.1MB)
Learn how to set up Photoshop and Flash so that colors in your images are consistent in both products.
2006-02-20 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced  

Crop multiple photos at once
Adobe Photoshop CS2 quick tip
2006-02-15 - Quick tip - Basic

Cancel a crop
Adobe Photoshop CS2 quick tip
2006-02-15 - Quick tip - Basic  

Advanced sharpening techniques
Sharpening tools in Photoshop CS2 let you selectively sharpen areas of an image for optimum image quality.
2006-02-01 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced  

Convert a layer into a background
Adobe Photoshop CS2 quick tip  
2006-02-01 - Quick tip - Basic  

Advanced pixel blending
Blend multiple renderings of an image in Photoshop CS2 to extend the dynamic range of your digital captures.
2006-02-01 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced  

Rotate images in Bridge
Adobe Creative Suite 2 quick tip
2006-02-01 - Quick tip-  Basic

Animate a layered Photoshop file
Take advantage of Photoshop layers to create high-quality animated text and graphics for your next Adobe 2.0 project.
2006-01-17 - Tutorial - Basic

Get to know Adobe Production Studio
Learn what you need to know to get started with Adobe Production Studio.
2006-01-17 - Tutorial - Basic

Make DVD menus
Explore how the powerful menu-building tools in 2.0 are enhanced by tight integration with Photoshop.  
2006-01-17 - Tutorial - Basic

Import a PSD file into Flash via Fireworks (SWF: 29MB)
Preserve the integrity of a layered Photoshop document on its way into Flash.
2006-01-16 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced

Secrets to keeping it small (SWF: 61MB)
Reduce file size while maintaining image quality.
2006-01-16 - Tutorial - Basic

Add years to a photograph in mere moments
Learn a quick trick in Photoshop CS2 to turn an ordinary image into one that looks like it’s been around for ages.
2006-01-15 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced  

Optimize image size for viewing on the web
Adobe Photoshop CS2 quick tip
2006-01-15 - Quick tip - Basic  

Flip a photo from portrait to landscape automatically
Photoshop CS2 quick tip
2006-01-15 - Quick tip - Basic  

Lights, camera, action!
Use Photoshop CS2, Bridge, and Camera Raw to record actions to efficiently batch-process raw images.
2006-01-15 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced  

Repair an overexposed photo
Photoshop CS2 quick tip  Photoshop
2006-01-15 - Quick tip - Basic  

Static layers in motion
Looking for a fun way to animate a static image in After Effects? Try applying a moving displacement map layer. Author Jeff Foster shares his technique for making still waters ripple.
2006-01-03 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced  

Not your grandfather’s slide show
The slide show feature in Adobe Bridge lets you cycle through images or documents in full screen and then add ratings or labels with the press of a key.
2006-01-01 - Tutorial - Basic  

About layer comps in Photoshop CS2
Adobe Photoshop CS2 quick tip 
2006-01-01 - Quick tip - Basic  

Create a perfect panorama
Use the Photomerge feature in Photoshop CS2 to create a panoramic image, and get shooting and editing tips to achieve the best possible results.
2006-01-01 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced

Achieve unmatched integration in your Adobe workflow
There are plenty of unique ways in which Adobe applications work together. Explore a few of them.
2006-01-01 - Tutorial - Basic

Rate a large number of images in Adobe Bridge
2006-01-01 - Quick tip - Basic  

Photoshop in black and white
Re-create lens filter effects in Photoshop CS2 to create stunning black and white photos from your color images.
2005-12-20 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced  

Keep your pictures in perspective
Distortions may occur in your pictures when you use certain lenses. Learn how to correct converging verticals using the new Lens Distortion filter in Photoshop CS2.
2005-12-20 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced

Export a SWF file from ImageReady (SWF: 20.7MB)
See step by step how to get the best possible results when you export to Flash from ImageReady.
2005-12-05 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced

Import adjustment layers and blend modes into Flash (SWF: 33.1MB)
Adjustment layers and blending modes can sometimes lead to unexpected results when importing Photoshop files into Flash. See how to get the results you need with a few simple workarounds.
2005-12-05 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced  

Motion and digital media
The experience matters–see how motion in digital content has evolved to match audience expectations and technology changes.
2005-12-05 - Backgrounder - Basic

Long live lith printing
Use Photoshop CS2 to create realistic looking lithographic prints without spending all day in the darkroom.
2005-12-01 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced  

Simulate the Polaroid transfer effect, digitally
Use Photoshop CS2 and a bit of experimentation to replicate this popular photography technique.
2005-12-01 - Tutorial - Intermediate / Advanced  

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How Tos and Tutorials for Word, Excel, and Access

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System hosts these well written Microsoft Office tutorials. Included here are several How Tos for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and 3 excellent Tutorials for Access.

How Tos and Tutorials for Word, Excel, and Access

Microsoft Word How Tos:
Create Tab Stops with Leader Characters

Create Headers and Footers

Text Wrapping for Clip Arts

Center Text on a Page

Create a Hyperlink

Using Mail Merge in Microsoft Word  
(envelopes, labels, and letters)
Microsoft Excel Ho Tos:
Perform IF Functions

Use Absolute and Relative Cell References

Link from One Cell to Another in a Workbook

Enter a Formula Across Worksheets

PowerPoint How Tos:

Dim Text after an Animation

Microsoft Access Tutorials: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced:

Access XP Level 1 (42 pages, 762kb)
Introduction to databases and Tables

Access XP Level 2 (33 pages, 665kb)
Forms and Queries

Access XP Level 3 (40 pages, 820kb)
Reports and Controls

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XML Security Learning Guide

Securing XML is an essential element in keeping Web services secure. This XML Security Learning Guide is a compilation of resources that review different types of XML security standards and approaches for keeping your XML Web services secure. 

XML Security Learning Guide

Table of Contents

    XML Security Key Terms and Definitions
    Introduction to XML Security
    XML Signatures & Encryption
    XML Firewalls

  XML Security Key Terms and Definitions

  Introduction to XML Security




  XML Signatures & Encryption

  XML Firewalls

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Fast Guide to Web Services Security

This guide introduces you to Web Services Security – highlighting the inherent challenges of securing Web services while providing you with strategies to overcome these challenges. You’ll find articles, tips, white papers, expert advice and more to arm yourself against would-be invaders.

Fast Guide to Web Services Security

Table of Contents

    Web services security standards
    Web services security challenges
    Web services security strategies

  Web services security standards

  Web services security challenges

  Web services security strategies

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June 20, 2006

Free Training Manuals for Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

Here are several well written online training manuals for Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint from Seattle University. These will show you how to use both basic and and advanced features of these Office applications.

Free Training Manuals for Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

Microsoft Word

Use the introduction manual for an overview of Microsoft Word, creating simple documents with formatting. Then go on to look at the Mail Merge and Forms manuals for experience with these Word features.

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Mail Merge

Microsoft Word Forms

Organization and Layout of Microsoft Word Documents

Microsoft Excel

Use the introduction manual to learn to create spreadsheets with impressive formatting and basic calculations. Then review the second manual for instructions on database management including sorting, filtering and grouping data.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Worksheets, Database Management and Printing

Microsoft Excel Charts

Microsoft Excel Formulas, Functions, Linking & Protecting

Microsoft PowerPoint

Learn to create impressive and memorable presentations for class or business.

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint Graphics

PowerPoint Presentation Options

Microsoft Office

Use this document to help you learn to quickly and easily move data between the various Microsoft Office programs.

Importing and Exporting for Microsoft Office

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June 19, 2006

Web Development Tutorials

The Shadow Fox Network provides quality articles and tutorials covering php, xhtml, css, xml, rss, javascript, and ruby on rails, along with tutorials on being a webmaster. These will help you make a better and more attractive web site. This link is to my blog post on which contains all of the tutorials provided by this site.

Web Development Tutorials from the Shadow Fox Network

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Dreamweaver 8 Knowledge Pages from MIT

Here is good information to know when installing or upgrading to Dreamweaver 8. Short tutorials are also offered for CSS, Accessibility, and Template features of Dreamweaver. These Dreamweaver knowledge pages are provided by the Information Services and Technology department at MIT.

Dreamweaver 8 for Windows

Related  Links:

Dreamweaver 8 System Requirements:

Below are the requirements needed in order to run Dreamweaver 8 at MIT.

  • Computer/Processor: 800 MHz Intel Pentium (r) III processor or equivalent
  • Operating System: Windows XP
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM recommended (1 GB recommended to run more than one Studio 8 product simultaneously)
  • Disk Space: 650 MB
  • Additional requirements:
    • 1024×768
    • 16-bit display (32-bit recommended)

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Microsoft Office Quick Refrence Cards

Here are Free Quick Reference Cards for the 2003 versions of Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Windows XP. Each of these are in pdf format and are 2 pages in length. Download one or all of them and print them, share them, or post them.

Microsoft Office Quick Refrence Cards

   Microsoft Word 2003

   Microsoft Outlook 2003

   Microsoft Excel 2003

   Microsoft PowerPoint 2003

   Microsoft Access 2003

   Microsoft Windows XP

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June 16, 2006

Microsoft Excel Tutorial

Excel allows you to create spreadsheets much like paper ledgers that can perform automatic calculations. Each Excel file is a workbook that can hold many worksheets. The worksheet is a grid of columns (designated by letters) and rows (designated by numbers). The letters and numbers of the columns and rows (called labels) are displayed in gray buttons across the top and left side of the worksheet. The intersection of a column and a row is called a cell. Each cell on the spreadsheet has a cell address that is the column letter and the row number. Cells can contain either text, numbers, or mathematical formulas.

This tutorial hosted by Bradley University teaches many features you will need to understand and know how to use if you are planning to use Excel in your work or at home. Included are some advanced functions, such as recording and running macros, graphics, charting, and mail merge.

Microsoft Excel Tutorial

   Screen Elements
  Adding and Renaming
  Standard Toolbar

  Recording Macros
  Running Macros 

Modifying a Worksheet
 Moving Through Cells
  Adding Rows and     Columns
  Selecting Cells
  Moving and Copying
  Freeze Panes

Formulas and Functions
  Linking Worksheets
  Releative, Absolute and Mixed Referencing
  Basic Functions

Sorting and Filling
  Complex Sorts
  Alternating TExt and Numbers with Autofill
  Autofill Functions


Page Properties

Keyboard Shortcuts

Download Examples

Formula Exercises

Charting Exercises

Mail Merge Exercises

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June 15, 2006

Microsoft Access Tutorial

Microsoft Access is a powerful program to create and manage your databases. It has many built in features to assist you in constructing and viewing your information. Access is much more involved and is a more genuine database application than other programs such as Microsoft Works.

This Microsoft Access tutorial, from Bradley Univerisy, will help you get started with Microsoft Access and may solve some of your problems, and included are some advanced functions, such as linking relationships, creating a report, and creating mail merge. It is also a good idea to use the Help Files that come with Microsoft Access, or go to Microsoft’s web for further assistance.

Microsoft Access Tutorial

  Starting Up
  Using the wizard
  Creating a database     without using a wizard

  Create a table
  Primary Keys
  Switching Views
  Entering Data
  Manipulating Data
  Advanced Examples


  Using the Wizard

  Creating a Form Using Wizard

  What they are
  Creating A Report
  Using A Wizard
  Creating Mail Merge
  Labels using aWizard

  Example 1
  World 4

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Top 20 Training and Tutorials Sites on for last month

Here are what I am judging to be the best free training and tutorial sites at for the last month or so. I have compiled these here so you can see the type of content that we esteem to be valuable here at These cover a variety of subjects and areas, including web development, Ajax, Javascript, CSS, PHP, Firefox extensions, C#, MySQL, Rails, Ruby on  Rails, and free programming books.

Top 20 Training and Tutorials Sites on for last month

June 8, 2006

Free Microsoft Excel Ebook

Here is a free ebook covering Excel 2003 that will teach you many of the features and functions of Excel and how to use it more proficiently and effectively. The file sze is 9.7mb and is in pdf format. To download it, wait about 45 seconds, then click on the ‘x’ in the upper right portion of the ad box on right side of page to close it. Then click on the ‘click here to download link’.

How to Do Everything with Microsoft Excel 2003

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June 7, 2006

Sofware Help Guides for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Here are several well written and illustrated software Help Guides for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, along with 2 general guides for Microsoft Office. Covering fundamental, intermediate, and advanced functions and features of these Office applications, these help guides are in pdf format and are from 2 to 10 pages in length. They are provided at no cost by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Sofware Help Guides for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Microsoft Word

Basics of Microsoft Word
Proficient with Microsoft Word
Expert of Microsoft Word
Desktop Publishing with Word
Tables of Microsoft Word
Mail Merge with Microsoft Word
Keyboard Shortcuts for Word

Microsoft Excel

Basics of Microsoft Excel
Proficient with Microsoft Excel
Expert of Microsoft Excel
Graphs of Microsoft Excel
Database Functions of Microsoft Excel
Create Custom Cell Formats

Microsoft PowerPoint

Basics of Microsoft PowerPoint
Proficient with Microsoft PowerPoint
Expert of Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Office

Basics of Microsoft Office
Graphics in Microsoft Office

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Using CSS in Dreamweaver

Adobe offers many good tutorials and articles helping you get the most out of Dreamweaver. Here are their tutorials for using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) in Dreamweaver. There are tutorials here for the current version, Dreamweaver 8, and also for Dreamweaver MX.2004.

Using CSS in Dreamweaver
CSS in Dreamweaver MX 2004

Working with CSS Background Images

Part 1: An Overview
Part 2: Precisely Positioning Images
Part 3: Creating Background Images with a Drop Shadow
Part 4: Using Images to Fake the Appearance of Columns

Killer Tips for CSS in Dreamweaver
Get some of the top CSS tips from Joe Lowery and Angela Buraglia.

Sharing Dreamweaver Code Snippets Manually and Through Snippet Extensions
Why let others reinvent the code wheel when you can package your code as a Dreamweaver snippet?

Introduction to Scalable Inman Flash Replacement (sIFR)
Don’t let your typography suffer. Let it sIFR.

Introduction to CSS Positioning in Dreamweaver MX 2004
Learn how to use absolute, relative, and static positioning to lay out your pages with CSS.

Dissecting the Halo Template File
Modify and customize the prebuilt Halo page design that ships with Dreamweaver MX 2004.

Gradually Implementing CSS in Your Site
Greg Rewis shows you how to turn your inline HTML styles into CSS using Dreamweaver MX 2004.

An Overview of CSS in Dreamweaver MX 2004
Learn to use the new Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) features in Dreamweaver MX 2004.

From Screen to Print: Creating a Print CSS
Make your web pages printable by using CSS in Dreamweaver.

Discovering the Ready-to-Go CSS-P Layouts in Dreamweaver MX 2004
Get familiar with the sample CSS layouts that ship with Dreamweaver.

On Demand Seminar: Advanced Support for CSS
Get an overview of the new CSS features in Dreamweaver 8 (Requires membership log in).

Take Advantage of the Sample CSS Styles in Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004
Build on the ready page designs that ship with Dreamweaver MX 2004.

CSS in Dreamweaver MX

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Best Practices in Dreamweaver MX
Dreamweaver MX is packed with new CSS features. Rachel Andrew tells how to use CSS to your advantage.

CSS: Styling Forms and Form Elements
Give your forms a unique look and feel with CSS. The CSS shark, Mako explains it all.

Tableless Layouts with Dreamweaver MX
Tired of using nested tables to design your pages? Modernize your layout by using CSS.

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX: Visual QuickStart Guide
Learn how to put style sheets to best use with this book excerpt.

CSS Basics

Overview of CSS in Dreamweaver 8
Get familiar with all the new CSS features, tools, workflows and user interface improvements.

Introduction to Designing with CSS (Updated for Dreamweaver 8)

Part 1: Understanding CSS Design Concepts
Part 2: Defining Style Properties and Working with Floats
Part 3: Creating Your First Design Without Tables
Part 4: Creating a Two-Column Layout
Part 5: Defining Columns and Vertical List Navigation
Part 6: Deciding Whether to Float or Position Columns

Working with CSS Background Images

Part 1: An Overview
Part 2: Precisely Positioning Images
Part 3: Creating Background Images with a Drop Shadow
Part 4: Using Images to Fake the Appearance of Columns

Styled Headings for Authors and Users
Make sure document headings are consistent across Contribute documents and users with CSS.

Simple Styling with CSS
Pages don’t have to look simple to load quickly. Combine speed and beauty with CSS.

General Overviews

Why Use CSS?
Learn the business and technical reasons why you should be using CSS to lay out your sites.

Interview with Hakon Lie: The Creation of CSS
Read how CSS inventor Hakon Lie made style sheets a web standard.

What is the W3C and Why Do We Care?
Learn why the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is all knowing and how you should be aware of web standards.

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June 6, 2006

Quick Reference Guides for Photoshop, Flash, Firework, Dreamweaver, HTML

Rhodes State College offers the following free Quick Reference Guides for Photoshop, Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and HTML (in pdf format). These are excellent for learning the details and features of these important web development software applications.

Quick Reference Guides for Photoshop, Flash, Firework, Dreamweaver, and HTML

Flash: | 5 | MX |

Fireworks: | 4 | MX |

Dreamweaver: | 4 | MX |

Photoshop: | 6 | 7 |

HTML: | 4 |

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Microsoft Office Quick Reference Guides

Rhodes State College offers the following free Quick Reference Guides for all of the Microsoft Office applications, in pdf format. These are excellent for learning the details of many of the features of these software programs.

Microsoft Office Quick Reference Guides

Word: | 1997 | 2000 | 2002 | 2003 |

Excel: | 1997 | 2000 | 2002 | 2003 |

Outlook: | 1997 | 2000 | 2002 | 2004 |

PowerPoint: | 1997 | 2000 | 2002 | 2003 |

Access: | 1997 | 2000 | 2002 | 2003 |

Project: | 2000 | 2002 |

Visio: | 2002 |

FrontPage: | 2000 | 2002 |

Windows: | 1995 | 1998 | 2000 | ME | NT | XP |

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Max Design’s CSS Tutorials and Presentations

Max Design offers several excellent CSS resources and tutorials for web designers and web developers. Their tutorials, articles and presentations cover CSS, accessiblity and web standards. Topics include CSS page layout tutorials, CSS layout samples, liquid layouts, styling lists, definition lists, centering with CSS, source order, skip links, web standards checklists

Max Design’s CSS Tutorials and Presentations

Listutorial: Tutorials on CSS based Lists
Step by step tutorials on using CSS to create background image lists, rollover lists, nested lists and horizontal lists.

Floatutorial: Tutorials on CSS Floats
Step by step tutorials on using CSS to create floating images, images with captions, next and back buttons, drop caps, inline lists and more.

Selectutorial: CSS Selectors
The structure of rules, the document tree, types of selectors and their uses. Plus a step by step tutorial using selectors to build a 3-column layout.

Listamatic: One List Many Options
Take a simple list and use CSS to create radically different list options.

Listamatic2: Nested List Options 
Select from one of the many samples of Nested Lists or submit a list of your own.

Simple, accessible external links
Is there a way to add descriptive text to all external links and then replace this text with a small icon for CSS supporting browsers?

Page Source Order & Accessibility
Presentation at OzeWAI 2005 – Is source order important for screen reader users?

Replicating a Tree table
Demonstrates how to replicate a graphic table tree using HTML.

Liquid layouts using CSS – the joy, the pain, the tears
A presentation on liquid layouts for Web Essentials 05.

Simple, accessible “more” links
“More” links are not very informative for screen reader users – but CSS can be used to solve the problem.

Open Publish – From tables to full CSS
Slides from Open Publish workshop.

Accessible Data Tables
An article that explains how the accessibility of data tables can be improved.

Creating a graph using percentage background images
A quick graph example using a list and percentage background images.

Building a page template – a step by step tutorial
A quick step-by-step demonstration of how the Web Essentials template was built using CSS. A presentation to students of Blue Mountains College of TAFE.

A basic Web Standards workshop
Notes from a step by step workshop covering standards, XHTML, semantic markup, accessibility, CSS, floats and bugs.

Ten questions for… Series 3

Developing sites for users with cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties
Practical suggestions on how to develop websites that are inclusive for people with cognitive impairments and learning difficulties.

An Accessibility Frontier: Cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties
Some ideas on how websites might more effectively meet the needs of people with cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties. From a paper presented at OzeWAI2004.

Remote control CSS
Are styled lists better than Flash or Javascript for menu’s?

A quick and dirty introduction to accessibility
Presentation to the Web Standards Group, Melbourne

Changing page appearance using body id
How can you change the appearance of individual pages without changing the code structure on each page?

Ten questions for… Series 2

A web standards checklist
A guide that can be used to show the breadth of web standards or as a handy tool for developers during the production phase of websites.

Ten questions for… Series 1

The benefits of Web Standards to your visitors, your clients and you!
Presentation to the Web Standards Group, Macromedia User Group and Cold Fusion User Group – MXDU2004: Day Zero.

Definition lists – misused or misunderstood?
What are definition lists? When are they appropriate? And how to style them to look like tables, image galleries, calendar of events and more.

Colored boxes – one method of building full CSS layouts
How do you go about building a full CSS layout? Is there an overall method that can be used for any layout?

Floating items inside containers
Simple explanation of how floats work inside a container.

Liquid layouts – the easy way
Explains one method of achieving a successful liquid layout as well as providing basic definitions of liquid, fixed-width and em-driven layouts.

Nemesis: Two columns with color
How do you make a two column CSS layout with color in either column that spreads to the full height of the page?

Selectutorial - CSS selectors
Find out about selectors including the structure of rules, the document tree and types of selectors. Also a step-by-step tutorial showing selectors in action.

CSS Centering – fun for all!
How do you center a container on a page using CSS?

Float like a butterfly
A presentation on the basics of the float property, for Sydney Web Standards Group meeting.

Body padding and margin
A simple explanation of the ways that browsers render body margin and padding.

List inheritance and Descendant Selectors
This is a simple step-by-step demonstration to show how inheritance affects nested list items.

Taming the “Taming List” model
I have been using the “Taming List” model for navigation lists for a while, but have noticed some rendering inconsistencies.

Headings as images – the Lindsay method
So, you want to use images for your headings? It gives you greater control over typefaces, positioning and style.

Ideal line length for content
I’d like to design a site that uses optimal line lengths. I also want the line length to stay within the optimal range no matter what default font size the user has set in their browser. Is it possible?

CSS page layouts
Here is a wide range of sample CSS page layouts – no tables. Everything from single column centred layouts to the dreaded three column monsters.

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June 5, 2006

Free Live Online and Recorded Seminars from Adobe

Adobe offers many free Live Online Seminars and Recorded Seminars on its website for many of their and Macromedia’s software applications. Free registration is required to access these online seminars.

Popular Recorded Adobe eSeminars

A Closer Look at the Best Practices of CSS
Take a closer look at the best practices for layout and styling of web page content with cascading style sheets. Learn how to work with cascading style sheets more efficiently within Dreamweaver 8 using the new CSS layout visualization tools, the unified CSS panel, and support for CSS media types.

Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional
Find out about advanced print features, including Output Preview, transparency flattening, and enhanced preflighting capabilities. See the powerful comment and review features, PDF correction tools, and support for PDF/X and the Job Definition Format (JDF) standards.

Adobe Illustrator CS2
Learn more about transparency, the Illustrator text engine, powerful new user interface features (Control palette and Workspaces), enhanced integration with Adobe Photoshop and improved spot color support.

Adobe InDesign CS2
Find out about new Adobe Adobe InDesign CS2 features such as: powerful new text formatting, enhanced interoperability with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe PDF files, object styles, and backwards compatibility with Adobe InDesign CS.

Building Strong and Flexible InDesign Documents
Learn how to use Adobe InDesign to efficiently set up proper page layouts and enhance your workflow capabilities. See tips and tricks for master pages and paragraph, character, and object styles that are guaranteed to open your eyes and improve your productivity.

Designing Smarter with CS2
Learn how to use the integrated tools of Adobe Creative Suite 2. This eseminar shows you how to leverage the most exciting pieces of the Suite to create a handsome newsletter. You’’ll learn the 3D effects and image mapping capabilities of Adobe Illustrator, along with techniques for getting the most of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.

Welcome to Adobe Creative Suite 2
Get to know the integrated tools of the Adobe Creative Suite 2: Adobe InDesign CS2, Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional, and Adobe Photoshop CS2, as well as the innovative Adobe Bridge, Version Cue CS2 file management and Adobe Stock Photos.

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