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Using Selectors to Control Design

The Content Editor can be used as an effective design tool to ensure that the design is replicated as it is intended to be - no matter who is updating or adding content.


We can do this by limiting certain Selectors to the styles they are indented for. This way it would be hard for a website administrator to get the design wrong when making content changes.


1.Prefix any standard font Selector to the front of any custom class within content.css and FTBDesign.css. [P, Table, A, etc]

2.If a website administrator chooses a Class that doesn't have a matching Selector to the element they are trying to style, the style will not show and the design will not be compromised!





For the following style example, I want to target a Paragraph, not a Span, Table or Font. My design has a background that relies on a certain width and padding around the text, so I know that if this style was applied to a Span tag, it would look wrong.


p.Highlight-Chat {

 font-family: Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;

 font-weight: normal;

 font-style: italic;

 font-size: 1.5em;

 text-align: center;

 margin: 10px 0px 10px 10px;

 width: 280px;

 float: right;

 clear: none;

 padding: 50px 60px 30px 60px;

 background: url(/Templates/_images/html-Highlight-Chat.gif) no-repeat top left;



Within the Content Editor, I can see that the style is specific only to Paragraphs as indicated by the Paragraph Icon.Selectors3

Style Selector


The result is a perfectly styled Paragraph with correct width, alignment and background image.


Styled Content



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