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The web is a hypertext medium. It is a means of communication using inter-linked pages of text called webpages. A coherent group of such pages is called a website; all pages together are called the World Wide Web.
This short course will attempt to provide a hands-on approach to teach you how to make high-quality webpages; how to express yourself in the hypertext medium that is the web. After a short introduction, you will be thrown in at the deep end and start making webpages yourself.
Table of contents
- Introduction: the World Wide Web
- Creating a simple page
- How to write for the web
- Adapting a webpage for visual browsers
- HTML, XHTML and DOCTYPEs
- Collecting pages in a website
- Promote your website
- Scalable websites (Advanced topic)
- Avoiding pitfalls
- Preventing link rot
Many textbooks approach the creation of webpages and websites as a computing task. Many others approach it as a graphical design challenge. Both approaches are rooted in treating the web as if it were a computational or graphical medium. Rooting the web in a understandable metaphor may be comforting, it is also misleading.
The web is a new medium, that requires a completely new approach to building parts of it. Although students will often pick up some of the right concepts while studying the 'programming' and 'designing' books, it is often better to start with the right concepts, and deal with the computational and graphical aspects of the web later.
What this textbook therefore tries to accomplish, is providing the student with a strong basis for learning more about building webpages. This book will try and do this in a practical, hands-on way. Almost from the get-go, students will start authoring their own webpages.
For further reading
- Web Design Update - broken link - A a plain text email digest newsletter. It typically goes out once a week. All web designers and developers are invited to join.
- Webpage design flaws: Mistakes to avoid by Bill Beaty