Introduction to HTML Syllabus

U48 150—Introduction to HTML
Washington University University College

Fall 2002
Saturdays 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
7 September—5 October 2002
Eads 14

Instructor: Scott Granneman
Senior Consultant in Internet Services
Bryan Consulting

Course Description

This course teaches how to code HTML using a text editor, which is the foundation of all Web development. Within this broad framework, students will cover many topics, including good design principles, Cascading Style Sheets, server-side vs. client-side, Web browsers, and Web servers. The course will conclude with a brief overview of the future of Web development, including XHTML and XML. Familiarity with Windows, Mac OS, or Linux required.

Required Texts

There are no required books. Readings will consist of articles, analyses, & ephemera from the Internet. Most of what you need you can access through my Web site; however, each week I will recommend a book useful for further study and reference.

In addition, students will need to sign up with the following listservs:


Your grade will be based on the following factors:

Grades will be based on an average of the above as follows:

100 A+
94-99 A
89-93 A-
86-88 B+
83-85 B
79-82 B-
76-78 C+
73-75 C
69-72 C-
66-68 D+
63-65 D
59-62 D-
0-58 F

Policy regarding academic dishonesty: This course will follow Washington University's policies concerning academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty will result in failure for the assignment in question and/or referral to the college's Academic Integrity Office, which has discretion to impose a stricter penalty. While academic dishonesty includes cheating on exams and quizzes, it also includes plagiarism in written assignments. Plagiarism is not only passing off someone else's work as your own, but also giving your work to someone else to pass off as their own. It also includes submitting work from another course. While I strongly encourage you to discuss your work with each other in and out of class, and while you may research issues together, your writing should be your own. The papers you submit must be your work alone, and must include citations to all references in your work. Please include the URL, or Web address, for articles and resources found on the Internet.

Accommodation of disabilities: If you have a disability that might affect your ability to complete the required assignments, please contact me during the first week of class to discuss an accommodation.


It is paramount that we respect each other online in our email listserv. Follow this simple rule: disagree with the idea, but not the person. In other words, it's OK to say "That's a bad idea, because …", and it's not OK to say "You're a bad/stupid/inconsiderate person, because …". If you have an issue with a classmate's behavior online, please bring it to me privately by emailing me at If you'd like to find out more, please feel free to read The Core Rules of Netiquette, by Virginia Shea.

Tentative Schedule

Topic: Introductions & Beginnings
Date: Saturday, 31 August 2002
Software: TextPad, Mozilla
Book: Chuck Musciano & Bill Kennedy's HTML & XHMTL: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition.
In class:

Readings for next class (unless otherwise stated, you will NOT be quizzed over the contents of these readings):

Topic: Hand-coded HTML
Date: Saturday, 7 September 2002
Software: TextPad, Mozilla, Tidy
Book: Jennifer Niederst's Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference.
HTML: html, head, body, p, br, hr, ul, ol, li
In class:

Readings for next class:

Topic: Hand-coded HTML
Date: Saturday, 14 September 2002
Software: TextPad, Mozilla
Book: Louis Rosenfeld & Peter Morville's Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (2nd Edition), Jakob Nielsen's Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity, and Steve Krug & Roger Black's Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability.
HTML: a, img, ul, ol, li, b, i, center
In class:

Readings for next class:

Topic: Hand-coded HTML
Date: Saturday, 21 September 2002
Software: TextPad, Mozilla, Dreamweaver (demonstration)
Book: Eric S. Raymond's The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary and Chris Dibona & Mark Stone's (Eds.)Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution.
HTML: table, tr, td, th
In class:

Readings for next class:

Topic: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
Date: Saturday, 28 September 2002
Software: TextPad, Mozilla, TopStyle Pro (demonstration)
Book: Eric A. Meyer's Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide and Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design.
HTML: id, class, link, style
In class:

Readings for next class:

Topic: The Future … is here now: XHTML & XML, Content Management Systems (CMS)
Date: Saturday, 5 October 2002
Book: Elliotte Rusty Harold's The XML Bible, 2nd Edition.
In class:

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