CSS, XHTML and Accessibility — A 2 day course

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Retired Course; no longer available


This course has been retired. Please review the Web Design and Development portfolio for available courses.

HTML was originally designed just to mark the content or structure of a web page but shortly after its inception this was broken and various tags to control formatting were invented. However, this mixing of HTML and styles can lead to difficulties in maintaining and updating your site, especially with regard to internationalisation, accessibility and more modern technologies such as XML.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) was the technology invented to specify the styles for web pages so that HTML could go back to specifying the content of the pages. CSS + HTML give us separation of design from content and makes maintaining and updating web pages far easier.

This course covers all of the essentials of the updates in HTML4 and includes the conventions and rules behind XHTML, how to make your pages more accessible using syntactically correct XHTML, where to use and store CSS styles, how to apply styles, what styles you can apply - and highlights any browser differences along the way.

The course will also cover CSS positioning, which at first can seem quite confusing so we give examples and hints to explain the subtleties.

The course is presented as a mixture of lectures and hands-on exercises. Practical sessions follow each topic, designed to reinforce the points covered.


After completing this course, students will be able to:

Suitable For

Web developers or designers looking to use well formed XHTML and CSS within an accessible web site.


Delegates are expected to have an understanding of HTML and may have attended our Building an Effective Web Site course previously.


This course has been retired and is no longer available.


Introduction to HTML4

Introduction to XHTML

HTML and Accessibility

Basic CSS

CSS and positioning

Further CSS