Proseminar: Intro to Web Technologies, Languages

This proseminar is designed for the student who is new to web technologies. Topics covered include web languages (html, xhtml, css, javascript) and servers (Apache, Microsoft Internet Information Server). Students will produce a website using valid XHTML on their UW (Dante) account.

1 credit = 8 hours face time plus minimum 15 hours out-of-class work

Two books:

The “how”

HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition (Visual Quickstart Guide)

Elizabeth Castro, Peachpit Press, 2006.

$23.09 at Amazon

The “why”

Designing with Web Standards (2nd Edition)

Jeffrey Zeldman, Peachpit Press, 2006.

$26.69 at Amazon

* 30 day “rental” available if you don’t want to buy it

Before First Class:

  • Read
    • Chapter 1, The Language of the Web, in Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. Available via UW Libraries/Safari Online. Offcampus link.
    • Introduction and Chapter 1, Web Page Building Blocks, in HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition.
    • Chapter 1, 99% of Websites Are Still Obsolete, and Chapter 2, Designing and Building With Standards, in Designing With Web Standards, Second Edition.
  • Install Software:
    • For Mac students, install Text Wrangler (free) and SecureFetch (free).
    • For PC students, install NoteTab (free) and SecureFTP (free).

First Class – Friday 9 November, 6.00-10.00 pm

Second Class – Date TBD, either 1 December (9.30 am – 1.30 pm) or 26 November (6.30 – 10.00 pm)

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