Wow! We are coming to the final couple of weeks of the class. The work submitted has been great. The discussions have been very informative – a good learning experience as everyone has so generously shared their suggestions and ideas.
10. Site Planning
Modules 10 – 12 are all about the process of developing a web site. You have learned about all the elements, attributes, and properties that go into the actual development process. Now it is time to put everything together.
Remember – This is a course assignment.
- demonstrate all of the major elements and how they can be applied in the context of a web site. Although you might not use all these in an actual web site, they need to be included in this project assignment.
- these are temporary sites. They can not be kept beyond the end of the course. If you want to use your work for a live site, you will have to save the pages and move them to a web hosting service.
This is a great opportunity to show your creativity and personal interests. Selecting rubric criteria and providing peer reviews will help you understand how users judge your site – the overall user experience, the format and the content. This is valuable feedback for any web developer.
Looking forward to seeing some awesome sites. Have fun!
9. Forms – Summary
Forms is the last of the specific HTML features and functions that are covered in the course. By now, most of the submissions include all the required elements and use them appropriately. Basic HTML coding structures are followed. External style sheets are being used – a big step for many new developers.
There are just a few minor reminders for coding that came up in the Forms coding assignment. Some of these are pretty minor, but worth noting.
- the script element should be placed at the end of the body element, just before the body close tag. This is considered good practice for performance so it doesn’t interfere with loading the external stylesheet file. In the past, the recommended location for the script element was at the end of the head element.
- comments – Include comments – lots of them. Yes, what your code does is obvious to you now in these assignments. When you are maintaining hundreds of pages of code, you will really appreciate having well commented and documented code.
- most elements – table, script, body, head, require a pair of tags – an open and a close. If the close tag is missing, there can be problems with unpredictable results. For example, instead of two tables, one after the other, the second one is “nested” within the previous one.
- everything must be either in the head element or in the body element.
You are doing really well when these are the only problems to point out. Great work everyone!