U48 318—Advanced Web Site Design and Development
Washington University in St. Louis
Dept. of Communications & Journalism
Saturdays 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
19 January—4 May 2013
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Instructor: Scott Granneman
- Adjunct Professor
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Webster University
- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
- Professional Education Technology & Leadership Center
- Oasis Digital
- Don’t Click on the Blue E!: Switching to Firefox (O’Reilly: 2005)
- Hacking Knoppix (Wiley & Sons: 2005)
- Linux Phrasebook (Pearson: 2006)
- Podcasting with Audacity: Creating a Podcast with Free Audio Software (Prentice Hall: 2007)
- Google Apps Deciphered: Compute in the Cloud to Streamline Your Desktop (Prentice Hall: 2008)
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard for Power Users: Advanced Capabilities and Techniques (Apress: 2010)
- Linux Phrasebook (Second Edition) (Pearson: 2015)
- Contributor, Ubuntu Hacks (O’Reilly: 2006) & Microsoft Vista for IT Security Professionals (Syngress: 2007)
- Former columnist for SecurityFocus & Linux Magazine
- Former professional blogger for The Open Source Weblog
- Full list of publications
- Business Owner
- Principal, WebSanity
- Contact Info
- Mobile: 314-780-0489 (feel free to text, but please identify yourself)
- Blog: Chainsaw on a Tire Swing
- Twitter: @scottgranneman
You can also read my full CV.
This course focuses on one of the most important advanced areas of Web development: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), which allow developers to set the formatting and positioning of Web pages in a standards-based and robust way. Through understanding CSS, Web developers can proceed to the next level of Web development.
During each class I will take a few minutes & discuss a mini-topic for 15 minutes or so. Some of these mini-topics include:
- Regular Expressions (RegEx)
- Backing up
- Password safes
- The best help sites
- Wolfram Alpha
- LAMP (& WAMP & MAMP)
- Git & GitHub
- Portable Apps
- Encoding email addresses
- Finding multimedia
- Minimizing code
- WYSIWYG Web tools
- Automating my Mac
There are no required books. Readings will consist of articles, analyses, & ephemera from the Internet. Virtually everything you need can be accessed via my website. While I’m not requiring any books, I recommend the following as particularly worthy of your attention:
- Jon Duckett: HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites
- Eric Meyer: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
- Eric Meyer: More Eric Meyer on CSS
- Christopher Schmitt: CSS Cookbook
- Jeffrey Zeldman: Designing with Web Standards
- John Allsopp: Developing with Web Standards
- The Zen of CSS: Visual Enlightenment for the Web*
Written by the designers of CSS Zen Garden. Wash U's library has the book available online (& many other web development books as well!). If you are off-campus you will need to log in to the Wash U library.
In order to participate fully in this class, you need to sign up with GranneClass, an email discussion group hosted by Yahoo Groups.
To subscribe, send an email with a short sentence explaining who you are to firstname.lastname@example.org. To send and receive email, you do NOT need to be a Yahoo member.
To view archived messages, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/granneclass; note, though, that you must be a Yahoo member (which is free and relatively painless) to use the group on the Web.
Your grade will be based on the following factors:
- Class attendance and participation (25%): You are expected to attend class prepared to learn and discuss the topics with your fellow classmates. We may also work on in-class exercises, and you are expected to take an active part in those exercises.
- In-class mini-projects (50%): We will practice CSS in class. At scheduled times, you will have one week to complete an assigned mini-project involving the use of these technologies. Think of it as an open-book test, since you will be allowed to use your class notes and any other resources you can access.
- Final project: CSS Zen Garden (25%): Go to http://www.csszengarden.com & you'll find an awesome collection: a series of designs that all use the same HTML, but use wildly different CSS to change the look of the site. Download the sample HTML & CSS from the site and then go nuts changing the CSS to match a theme you come up with … but do not change the HTML! Your CSS Zen Garden design is due the last day of class, & we will take turns showcasing them to everyone. Information about exactly how to proceed is at CSS Zen Garden Project.
Grades will be based on an average of the above as follows:
Accommodation of disabilities
Webster University is committed to providing accommodations and/or services to students with documented disabilities. If you have registered as a student with a documented disability and are entitled to classroom or testing accommodations, please inform me at the beginning of the course.
This course will follow Washington University’s policies concerning academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty will result in failure for the assignment in question & referral to the appropriate individuals, who have 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 work should be your own.
Any 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.
If you have any questions about academic integrity, please bring them to me before you do anything that may jeopardize your grades, your education, & your future!
I have no problem with students using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone during class for academic purposes; in fact, I would do the same thing. However, please do not use your personal device (or the computer on your desk) during class to conduct personal business such as Facebook, email, or IMing. This reduces your concentration & participation and distracts others around you. Repeated distractions will reduce your grade for the course. Please do what you need to do to keep cell phone distractions at a minimum.
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 scott at granneman dot com. If you’d like to find out more, please feel free to read The Core Rules of Netiquette, by Virginia Shea.
As we proceed through the course, you will find yourself constantly installing, using, and depending upon certain software, websites, and resources. In an effort to make your life easier, I have consolidated most of those items onto Web Site Design and Development Key Links.
Saturday, 19 January 2013
Readings: CSS Selectors
Saturday, 26 January 2013
Continuation of 19 January 2013
Fonts & formatting
Saturday, 2 February 2013
- CSS Reset (to test, use the code at HTML & CSS Test Page)
- CSS Tools: Diagnostic CSS (to test, use the code at HTML & CSS Test Page & make errors)
- Basic Typography
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Fonts & formatting
Saturday, 16 February 2013
Practice with fonts & formatting
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Media-specific styles & switching
Saturday, 2 March 2013
- A prime example: css Zen Garden
- A simple way to begin together: Easy Print-Friendly Webpage
Download media-specific-easy.zip, unzip it, & create a print style sheet that only shows important content when printed, keeping the screen style sheet
- Once you’ve done that …
Now download media-specific-easy-plus.zip, unzip it, & create a print style sheet that only shows important content when printed, keeping the screen style sheet
- A simple way to begin together: Easy Print-Friendly Webpage
Lists for navigation
Saturday, 9 March 2013
Turning unordered lists into site navigation
- Listutorial ~ "… the basics of building background image lists, rollover lists, nested lists and horizontal lists"
- Listamatic ~ Take one list coded in HTML, change the CSS, & get many different options
- In-class practice: From List to Dropdown Navigation
Other readings: CSS & Navigation
Saturday, 16 March 2013
Centering & Floating
Saturday, 23 March 2013
- Block-Level Elements
- Vertical Centering a Single Line
- Vertical Centering Using
Saturday, 30 March 2013
Practice with the lightbox
Saturday, 6 April 2013
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Postioning: The Box Model
- CSS Box Model—in laymans terms! ~ http://www.tanfa.co.uk/css/articles/css-box-model.asp ~ A super-simple explanation. It don't get much easier than this!
- Basic CSS Box Model Demo ~ http://www.redmelon.net/tstme/box_model/ ~ A really neat Flash-based interactive demo of the box model
- Thinking inside the box ~ http://www.wpdfd.com/editorial/wpd1002.htm#feature ~ A nice introduction to the CSS box model
Intro to Positioning
- Learn CSS Positioning in Ten Steps ~ http://www.barelyfitz.com/screencast/html-training/css/positioning/ ~ A brief tutorial examining different layout properties available in CSS: position: static, position: relative, position: absolute, and float
- An introduction to CSS-Positioning ~http://www.webreference.com/programming/css_utopia/chap5/2.html ~ Covers: basic box model, padding, margins, borders, display property, absolute & relative ositioning, multiple columns/li>
- CSS Positioning ~ http://www.brainjar.com/css/positioning/default.asp ~ An excellent introduction to CSS-P
- Complete CSS Guide: Page Layout Properties ~http://www.westciv.com/style_master/academy/css_tutorial/properties/page_layout.html ~ A very good overview of CSS-P, from WestCiv
Uses for Positioning
- Practical CSS Layout Tips, Tricks, & Techniques ~ http://www.alistapart.com/articles/practicalcss/ ~ How to layout images, forms, & more … without tables!
Intro to Positioning Layouts
- Flexible Layouts with CSS Positioning ~ http://www.alistapart.com/articles/flexiblelayouts/ ~ Absolute & relative positioning of divs
- Liquid layouts the easy way ~ http://www.maxdesign.com.au/presentation/liquid/ ~ A comprehensive walk through a liquid layout
- 2 columns
- 2 columns—left menu ~ http://bluerobot.com/web/layouts/layout1.html ~ 2 columns with the menu on the left
- 2 columns—right menu ~ http://bluerobot.com/web/layouts/layout2.html ~ 2 columns with the menu on the right
- Two columns with color ~ http://nemesis1.f2o.org/articles ~ Just your basic 2-column layout with liquid width
- LAYOUT TECHNIQUES: nested float ~ http://glish.com/css/1.asp ~ Nested, floating menu in the upper right (or left)—not really 2 columns, but close enough
- Faux Columns ~ http://www.alistapart.com/articles/fauxcolumns/ ~ Using background property to create the illusion of columns
- 3 columns
- Flanking Menus ~ http://bluerobot.com/web/layouts/layout3.html ~ Three columns, and no tables
- LAYOUT TECHNIQUES: 3 columns, the holy grail ~ http://glish.com/css/7.asp ~ Three columns, with the center fluid
- LAYOUT TECHNIQUES: 3 columns, all fluid ~ http://glish.com/css/2.asp ~ Three columns that readjust width as the window changes
- LAYOUT TECHNIQUES: static width and centered ~ http://glish.com/css/3.asp ~ Three columns, all static width & centered
- The compulsory three columns ~ http://www.s7u.co.uk/layouts/threecol.html ~ A three-column layout from Cutting edge CSS
- 4 columns
- LAYOUT TECHNIQUES: 4 columns, all fluid ~ http://glish.com/css/8.asp ~ Four columns that readjust width as the window changes
- Little Boxes ~ http://www.thenoodleincident.com/tutorials/box_lesson/boxes.html ~ Pick your layout, & grab the CSS it makes for you
- Sample CSS Page Layouts ~http://www.maxdesign.com.au/presentation/page_layouts/index.cfm ~ Single column, two column, three column … it's all here
- Layout-o-matic ~ http://www.inknoise.com/experimental/layoutomatic.php ~ Pick a layout, click a button, & you've got your code
Saturday, 20 April 2013
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Readings for next class:
- CSS3 Preview ~ A preview of upcoming features in CSS 3
Saturday, 4 May 2013
In-class critiques of CSS Zen Garden projects