MadCap Flare training
Advanced MadCap Flare training – Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

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Key details

Key details

MadCap Flare training course teaching existing users how to use styles and stylesheets in Flare for efficient and consistent formatting.

Exploiting the full richness of CSS for formatting your Flare content will ensure that your help topics will look more professional, and will be easier to maintain.

MadCap Flare CSS training training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) MadCap Flare CSS courses.

This approach means that we can tailor your training to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.

We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK. Whilst attending training at our centres, delegates have the use of a computer running licensed MadCap Flare software to practice the techniques taught. If hosted at your centre, we can provide temporary MadCap Flare licenses for your training computers.

Accredited MadCap Flare training

Armada’s Flare training is MadCap-accredited.

Courses are hosted by Matthew Ellison, a MadCap-Certified Instructor.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for MadCap Flare CSS, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher back in the work-place.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of a MadCap-accredited Flare CSS training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following Flare CSS training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


Delegates should be familiar with the fundamentals of Flare, i.e. have attended Basic and Intermediate MadCap Flare training or have equivalent knowledge.

MadCap Flare version

Training can be based on any version of MadCap Flare to suit you.


General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this course for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for MadCap Flare training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.


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Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request Advanced MadCap Flare – Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Advanced MadCap Flare – Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainer

Expert trainer

Matthew Ellison

Trainer Matthew Ellison

MadCap Flare courses are hosted by Matthew Ellison.

Matthew has over 30 years’ experience working as a user assistance and eLearning professional in the software industry. Some of this time was spent managing a team of writers and trainers at a UK-based consulting company, before enjoying a period in the US as Director of the WinWriters (now WritersUA) Conference.

Matthew has a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering and a PGCE. He is a MadCap-Certified Instructor and an expert in many other user assistance tools and technologies. He has also been a part-time lecturer at Portsmouth University for the MA Technical Communication course.

Matthew has been a popular speaker at conferences in Europe and the US for many years. He regularly publishes articles and reviews on user assistance tools and technology.

Course content

Course content

CSS overview

  • What are Cascading Style Sheets?
  • Selectors
  • IDs and classes
  • SPAN and DIV
  • Adding comments to a style sheet

Style sheets

  • Creating a style sheet
  • Modifying a style
  • Applying styles
  • Disabling styles
  • Applying a global style sheet to a project

Text and list styles

  • Fonts and font sets
  • Creating style classes
  • Adding borders to a style
  • Specifying a bullet icon
  • Auto-numbering
  • Using pseudo class styles
  • Formatting links and dynamic elements

Table styles

  • Creating a table style sheet
  • Setting borders and separators
  • Using headers and footers
  • Applying a table style sheet
  • Creating a table style for print
  • Changing font family and size
  • Removing link formatting
  • Setting automatic page breaks
  • Controlling widows and orphans
  • Setting TOC and index styles
  • Setting header and footer styles
  • Page setup
  • Creating printed documentation

Testing styles

  • Removing unused classes
  • Validating your style sheet
  • Using the AIS Web Accessibility toolbar
  • Installing multiple versions of Internet Explorer
  • Viewing your topic in other browsers
“Tailored for our requirements. Very able and obliging trainer. Very lucid explanations.”

David B

“Matthew is an excellent trainer, and he was more than happy to answer my many queries and clarification checks during the four days. He has been able to provide me with great tips and tricks going forward with Flare. A very enjoyable course.”

Kieron G

“The training delivered was fantastic and felt very personal. Excellent presentation style backed up by high-quality course materials. Matthew was an extremely engaging presenter and was happy to go into more depth as the group required. We felt like the course really had been designed around our needs. Especially useful were the really great examples of CSS.”

Katherine H

If you’re self-funding your training, you can now pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.