MVC 2 View Layout CSS Control Layout

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Published on 2010-12-29T15:57:24Z Indexed on 2010/12/29 16:54 UTC
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I'm new to a lot of what I'm trying to do with the development of a new MVC2 web application so this is a beginner question.

I need to understand my options for control and content layout on a web page. I’m using MVC2 so I’m using Controllers, Views, ViewModels, and View Templates. What I need to spin up on…fast…is control the granular layout of controls and content on any particular view.

Below I’ve pasted two examples of auto generated templates that illustrate my challenge. I see that layout is controlled by CSS in my Site.css document. In the first example I get a sequential flow of DisplayLabel and DisplayField. I prefer the adjacent layout of DisplayLabel on the same line as DisplayField produced from example 2. However, example 2 is too simple because the formatting is applied to the Label and the Field.

I think the correct way to tackle this learning curve is Microsoft Expression but I don’t have personal bandwidth at the moment to tackle Expression.

Can anyone point me to a resource that will expose me to lots of examples for CSS formatting? I have lots of syntax questions. For instance, I believe is referencing the Site.css but I can’t find a "display-label" section in Site.css.

Example 1

<div class="display-label">DocTitle</div>
<div class="display-field"><%: Model.DocTitle %></div>
<div class="display-label">DocoumentPropertiesID</div>
<div class="display-field"><%: Model.DocumentPropertiesID %></div>

Example 2

<h2>Title: <%: Model.DocTitle %></h2>
<h2>Created: <%: Model.Created %></h2>
<h2>Modified: <%: Model.Modified %></h2>
<h2>Author: <%: Model.tbl_Author.Name %></h2>
<h2>Genre: <%: Model.tbl_DocumentGenre.GenreName %></h2>

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