Wednesdays, Autumn 2016 (starts September 14th)
Instructor: Bruce Donald Campbell
Faculty, Continuing Education - RISD, Providence, RI
Adjunct Faculty, Brown University, Providence, RI
Understanding hypertext markup language (HTML) is essential for designers who wish to implement their creative visions on-line, and it is also surprisingly easy to learn. Students in this course learn the HTML attributes and commands used to create web pages, link to other files or pages, format text, integrate graphics and manage page layout. After creating their projects in HTML, students learn to upload them to a web server using file transfer protocol (FTP) software. Topics of discussion include meta-information (for helping search engines find your web site), cross-platform issues and browser compatibility.
This course provide students with an orientation and introduction to Web-based content generation Using HTML and CSS. The HyperText Markup Language is the original language of the Web and still a very good language to start with for providing website content. But for those who have more detailed electronic publishing requirements, Cascading Style Sheets provide the opportunity to layout Web pages more exactly as if they were being designed for a physical medium (like paper). Students perform rigorous exercises to gain confidence in using technologies and then build towards generating a website of their own choosing as a final project. As this is an online class, students are expected to have strong self-motivational and organizational skills. Class materials will be provided through required textbook readings and homework exercises, on-line readings, and occasional on-line video lectures.
Class participation - 20%
Homework exercises - 20%
Two class projects - 60%
- Elizabeth Castro and Bruce Hyslop - HTML5 & CSS3 Visual QuickStart Guide, 8th Edition recommended.
- On-line Readings as identified below
- HTML 5 and CSS 3 Book Site
- HTML 4 For the World Wide Web Book Site
- HTML Home Page
- CSS Home Page
- HTML 5 Working Draft
- W3C HTML/XHTML Validator
- W3C CSS Validator
- HTML Dog Tutorials
- Udemy HTML Blog
- Color Scheme Designer
- Yale Style Guide for Web
- CSS Zen Garden
- Related Course at the University of Washington
- Course Introduction & Policies
- Instructor and Student Introductions
- Opening Pre-test of Student Skills
- How HTML5, XHTML, and CSS fits into the Big Picture of the Web
- Syntax Introduction / Review
- Managing HTML and CSS text files
- HTML Document Structure
- Look at Liz and Bruce's HTML and CSS examples on her HTML 5 For the World Wide Web Book Site.
- Get active in the on-line Forums.
- Read the Welcome to Class document I've provided you.
- Read the introduction and start chapters 1-3 of your HTML book.
- Surf the Web and investigate the code behind Web pages of interest to you. Use that task to motivate your interest in making pages of your own.