Tasks

HTML Quiz

I will (finally) be posting a quiz on HTML. You may take this quiz as often as you like, but must pass it. The quiz will be posted and announced in Blackboard.

 

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Choosing Your Software

From this point on you will be free to choose any Web authoring software you wish. I will be using Dreamweaver 4. for my examples, and am sure that will translate to the newer Dreamweaver MX fairly well (I'm using MX now, and find the examples work well). A short talk on software is posted in Blackboard under Course Material - eLectures, blogged, and linked below.

 

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Site Planning

You have read important sections in Krug about writing for the Web. This site is one of my favorites on the topic:

 

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Learning Graphic Formats and Placement

We will learn about graphic creation later in the semester. For now, there are a couple of things to know about pictures and Web sites; standard graphic formats and placement of images

Formats

Graphic files must be compressed to make them small enough to be practical on the Web. This is so important that browsers will not display uncompressed graphics. Currently there are two standard formats for graphics compression on the Web - gif and jpeg*.

gif is used for simple graphics such as logos and solid drawings. It only allows the use of 256 colors and is best for smaller, uncomplicated images. Files use the .gif extension.

jpeg is used for more complex images such as photographs and larger files. It allows the full color palate. Files use the .jpg extension.

All graphics files we use will be one of thee two formats.

Placement of Images

Generally, use the <p> tag to align images. For instance:

You also have the option of getting a sort of text wrapping by using the align attribute in the img tag. For instance:

A graphics that has text flowing to the left.

Note that paragraphs will continue to appear until the bottom of the graphics or you use <br clear="left">
Which puts the text here.

This is just a quick idea about images if you want to start working with them. We will go into much greater detail after Spring break.

*A new format called png has been developed to replace both of these compression schemes, but full acceptance has been slow. For now we will stick to gif and jpeg.

 

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Small Group Work

Use your knowledge of planning and see how the different WebQuests are organized. Follow the link below and take the Web Quest about Web Quests. You will be asked to rate the sites - do this and report to your small group area.

Then try charting out how they work by following various links. The idea here is to use William's method of site planning (post-it notes or a computer chart program like Inspiration) to see how the author did things.

Also, note how their content has been organized, how the site architecture supports the site purpose, and what consistent elements exist.

Post at least 2 messages to your small group about the sites you all have looked at.

 

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WebQuests

Now that you have an idea of what a WebQuest is and what subject you would like to explore, begin work on the product using this page as a guide:

 

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