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Summary 2. HTML Basics

Although web pages have become more complex and visually impressive, they are created using the same basic HTML elements that have been the foundation of the web from the beginning. It is all about letting the world know you have something to say and you understand the simple framework for a web page.

Here are some of the questions and notes from this week…

Late work

Late work may be accepted for partial credit. In general, doing the work is better than not doing the work and gets some credit.

Jumping ahead

It is great that many of you are asking questions about topics that we will cover later in the course. If you can’t wait, you can jump ahead to the topic. Several people have asked about including pictures. That is coming up in module 5. Picture this… – Images. If you still have questions, please ask them in the discussion for that module.

Please focus on coding activity requirements. It is very distracting for students trying to concentrate on the curent topic when there are questions that aren’t relevant to the current topic.

Also, before you jump ahead, please ensure that you fully understand the information associated with the current topic. Some of the questions would not be asked if more time was spent understanding the basic structure of HTML and web services. There is a very steep learning curve for these first couple of weeks. There are many important concepts presented. If you don’t understand these, the rest of the course won’t make sense.

Coding notes

Do not include your code in your coding assignment submission – just the link to the page.

For this an all other coding assignments, provide your own title. Comments are required. Replace the default Thimble title – demonstrate that you understand the use of this element.

Some confusion about structure of an HTML document. The main HTML document element starts with an html tag. The last thing should be the /html tag.

The head section should not contain content to display on your page. This is information that tells the browser what to expect. Yes, this is confusing at first.

Internal style sheet element is normally placed in head section.

The body section follows the head section.

Beware of editors that add a lot of extra code to your page. Elements such as section, article, header, hgroup are unnecessary at this point. They just make your code really hard for you to understand and maintain. If your editor is automatically inserting all this code, your editor is not appropriate for this course. If your code isn’t easy to read, it won’t be graded.

COMING UP…

3. A few words – Text

Most web pages include a lot of text, it is important to know how to format text for readability and searching. Most visitors skim to find the information they are looking for. So it is important that pages of text are attractive and well organized.

Adaptive technology

It is important for web developers to understand both the limitations and the powerful tools provided by technology so people with disabilities can use the web. The result may be different but accessibility can be much greater if the web developer understands Adaptive Technology.

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