8 Replies
Ned Whiteley

Hi Robert,

CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets, which, in simple terms, provide the formatting (or style) of the components on your web pages. If, for example, you look at the html file of a web page you may see large sections of text with headings and sub-headings that all appear to be in the same size font and all in black. However, when you look at the actual web page, the headings may be twice the size of the main text, bright blue and bold. This is achieved through defining the size, colour and weight of the font in the CSS file.

CSS will also determine the size and placement of images, the width of the text on your page, whether the page scales automatically for different size screens etc etc. There are a large number of formatting possibilities within CSS and the best way for you to gain an understanding of what it can achieve would be to jump on google and have a look. In a way, it's a bit like using styles in a Word document. Once you have defined the style, you can use it as often as you want simply by selecting the text and applying the style to it. CSS, however, does much, much more.

When people talk about editing CSS files for Rise, it could be because they want to change the appearance of the opening screen, for example and they want to know if it is possible to do so.

As a simple example:

CSS

h1{
font-size: 30px;
font-weight: bold;
color: blue;
text-align: left;
}

html

<h1>
This Is Heading 1
</h1>

End Result

 

Hope this helps.

Zsolt Olah

Robert,

Yes and no. You can't do it online. You would have to export your course first. Unzip the files to your computer and edit the CSS files. Then zip it up again and the course is ready. However, you can't just change the CSS online and publish it directly to Review for example.

If you change anything in the Rise course, you'd have to do the same process: export, unzip, change CSS, zip.  

Ned Whiteley

Hi Robert,

I should just point out at this stage that the example I have given above is a very basic one and if you are not fully conversant with CSS, I would be very wary of making changes. One bit of advice I would definitely give is to save a copy of your CSS file before you start trying to edit it, that way you always have the original to go back to.

Ned Whiteley

Although I've done a fair amount of CSS in web site design, I haven't made any changes to Rise course CSS files. I'm relatively new to Rise (< 8 months) and so am happy to run with the formatting as it is for now as it suits my needs perfectly.

With regards to learning CSS, if you want to do any web site design work, I would say it was an essential skill to have. Do you need to know CSS to create great courses in Rise? Definitely not, but it may be a useful skill to have if you want to dig deeper.

There are plenty of books and on-line content you can wade through, so I would suggest having a look and seeing if it is something you want to learn more about. It can be a lot of fun and rewarding when things turn out well, but also frustrating when they don't . . . . . a bit like anything else associated with computers these days !!