ah teaches information design: 06 Interwebs Annotation — A slide deck
Covered in this lecture:
- The web as information
- Semantic markup & HTML
- HTML fundamentals
Introducing markup and the web
Please close all laptops except for those in the back row.
P1 grades will be released by tomorrow evening. Some of the major concerns that came up in grading:
- Missing the why something was an advantage or disadvantage.
- Why the design succeeded not supported (i.e. 'I think this is a good choice of...').
- Concerns in consistency of the design's visual language.
- The design swayed too heavily to being aesthetically pleasing (not sufficiently informational, aka. utility).
- Citations were missing.
Q1 grades will be released by tomorrow evening. Some of the major concerns that came up in grading:
- Missing the why when answering a question (when requested).
- Providing a quote from a reading other than the one being talked about.
- As Andrew says: "Just using a quote to make your point and answer the question."
If You Have Grade Concerns
- Review your letter grades and the project rubric.
- Send an email to Andrew indicating a specific concern with your grade.
- I will follow-up to arrange a time to meet and discuss the grade.
Your TAs are not permitted to address grading concerns, please email me directly.
A couple of things to note:
- Remember that there are to be no branded materials (logos, colours for 'branding', etc')
- Images are not required. If you use them, be aware of what they do/say. Leaving a comment can be useful.
- We are not grading you on the amount of transitions used.
- The sitemap and the wireframes should "match up" as one document describes the other.
P2: Final Deliverables
You are delivering:
- A finalized sitemap
- 1 final set of wireframes (for desktop and mobile)
What pieces of information are present?
The Document-Object Model (DOM)
Our standard in delivering HTML
This week you will be building your first HTML pages, this involves the DOM, which put simply is a collection of objects (ie. navigation, headings, paragraphs) that resemble the document it is modelling.
Hypertext Markup Language 5 (HTML5)
Not quite standard
"In 2022, HTML5 will be a proposed recommendation..."Ian Hickson
Can I Use It?
A good resource is Can I use... which gives you a breakdown which browsers support what HTML5/CSS3 elements and to what degree.
According to your reading, what might semantic markup be?
It is just markup
Telling the computer the pieces
HTML elements are (most frequently) comprised of an opening, and closing tag — i.e. <p></p> — using triangle brackets and a forward-slash to denote that they are HTML elements and not content.
<h1>What is semantic markup?</h1>
<p>Semantic markup is the effective use of markup - such as HTML - to define the meaning of content in a document. <em>Not</em> the definition of its visual aesthetics.</p>
Let's visit the HTML5 Doctor for a prescription.
Time to practice
Markup that helps us understand the content.
<!-- What would the following markup help us understand about a document? -->
Having coding concerns?
Let us know!
Let us know sooner rather than later that you are having concerns with coding. Also, there are absolutely no 'stupid' questions. Do not know? Please ask.
Prepped and ready to go
Available on Canvas in this week's module will be links to programs for your first 'web toolkits'. It contains:
Your new best friend
Ever wanted to know what Google would look like with a red background? Right-click and 'Inspect Element' opens up the development tools to mess around with things in.
Common Coding Errors
Since we will be starting some scripting this week, please keep an eye out for:
- Typoess: This is handz downe teh most commmon prublem.
- Forgetting brackets: Not ending or closing an element will lead to
- Forgetting to save: The file won't be able to update if not saved.
- Files and folders matter: The naming of files and folders (and where you put them) is very important.
REJOICE in the mighty power of HTML! ...er, or, see you in a couple minutes...
Setting up an environment
<!-- Let's open up your computer, we make a _work folder, a public_html folder -->
This week's labs
- Coding tutorial
- P02 critiques
Next week's reading
Selections from CSS3 for Web Designers (Cederholm).
Next week's lecture
how u rd?
- Web content
- CSS Fundamentals
- Office hours — Wednesdays from 11:00-11:50am and Fridays from 8:30-9:20am at the Surrey campus mezzanine.