Welcome to the beginning web design course at FCC. There are a few
items that will help speed the first session of the course along;
first, I assume that everyone has access to a computer. We will be
discussing development tools in the first session, you are in no way
expected to know about the tool that we will be using in the course to
develop pages, but that should not stop you from downloading and
installing the development environment at home.
You can find the software at http://www.aptana.com/products/studio3 .
This software is open source and therefore costs you nothing to
install and operate at home.
Second, you will need a Frederick County library card! If you do not
have a Frederick County public library card and live or work anywhere in
Maryland, or have an Alexandria, Falls Church, Washington D.C,
Arlington; Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William county you may stop by
one of the Frederick County branches and get a library card for free.
Please see www.fcpl.org for locations and more information.
We will be using the Frederick County public library SAFARI online subscription
for reference material. If you are not a Frederick county resident you
may still get a library card by paying a onetime fee of $40.00, please
check the site and contact the library for more information. To access
Safari online navigate to the FCPL website
http://fcpl.org/research/resources/ebooks.html , click on Safari Tech Books Online and enter your library card number.
The specific books that will be covered are the CSS Cookbook (O’Riley Publishing, with the bear on the cover), and Head First HTML, here’s a sample from the publisher.
I look forward to helping you build your first website!
Session 1 – What is HTML?
Some interesting links.
How design changes through the years.
Session 2 – Common tags, tables, and starting the design process
Breaking down pages – why there are no secrets on the internet
Now for the slides!
Ready for a challenge? You could come up with a website for some hobby that you have over the weekend using squidoo, the instructions are here, and even tough this is not going to improve your html skills, it will get you thinking about the more important piece of web design, ensuring that you have interesting, engaging content!
Session 3 – Design, putting it all together.