Web-Page and Web-Site Construction

A "Second Courses" Evening Class by Mike Roam, Chairman of Computer Department, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, USA


Lesson 1 Summary and sample starter page for students to use.


Technique References:html tutorial | xhtml sample | style commands | tables | web authoring faq | validator.w3.org (page checker) | Special Characters (refman) (such as &“—’€…)

Style Recommendations: Top 10 web design mistakes & New top 10 web mistakes (Both lists and"Writing for the Web" arefrom Jakob Nielsen who works with Don "Design of Everyday Things" Norman at www.nngroup.com) |critiques of bad webpages with daily sucker criticism of many sites including (slow & awkward) arthurmurray.com and (ugly) orrfelt.com) |Guidelines (including warnings about that evil "<font" tag) from w3.org (world wide web consortium)


Resources:
FTP: Fetch (ftp for mac) (I tried a google search for"ftp windows free" and found a tutorial (with sales plug for their $35 WS_FTP Home product)
Web Editing Software: Note: you can use a free text editor (Mac has "text edit" and "simpletext", PC has "winpad" and "notepad".
Mozilla (home of (free, open source) FireFox and Mozilla browsers for PC, Mac and Linux. Note: the Mozilla browser has a menu command "File:Edit Page" for web pages. Use this HTML 4 (more primitive than our XHTML) starter page if you're going to use Mozilla's web editor.)
If you want built-in syntax checking, then BBEdit is fantastic, but only for mac, $199 (yowch!)
Note: the tucows.com website lists (legitimate, not bootleg) free software for mac and windows.


Course BlurbIn Denver they joke that the Platte River is a mile wide and an inch deep, too thick to drink but too wet to plow...somewhat like theworld wide web, in this early phase of information age. But is it hard to build a clean, clear, useful, and informative web-site? No, and in this hands-on computer course you will build web-sites from scratch, with multiple pages, links, images, lists, tables of contents, and type styles. You'll write "HTML" code, following standards from the "World Wide Web Consortium" (www.w3c.org) so that the pages will look good on various screen sizes, on various computers (Windows, Mac, Unix, Linux), and will even be usable by the blind. You'll use photo scanners and image programs to customize pages, and learn how to "host" pages on the internet so that they are available to the public. Readings will include Donald Norman (The Design of Everyday Things) and Alan Tufte (Visual Display of Quantitative Information). Some prior experience with web browsing, word processing, and email will be helpful.

The teacher is Mike Roam, Chairman of the Saint Ann's School Computer Department, who has taught at Saint Ann's school since 1985. He has been a professional computer consultant since 1979, and has been an avid programmer since 1970.

Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS! revised 25 Feb 2005, mjr