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Module 1 introduces the fundamentals of HTML and CSS.  You will first make a static document using HTML and CSS, and then you will make a portal to a Wikipedia search.
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Module 1 introduces the fundamentals of HTML and CSS.  You will first make a static document using HTML and CSS, and then you will make a portal to a C-SPAN search.  This module is worth 75 points.
  
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'''Demo Day: September 4, 2013'''
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== Reading ==
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The following articles on the online class wiki textbook contain information that will help you complete the assignment.
  
 
* [[HTML and CSS]]
 
* [[HTML and CSS]]
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* [[HTML Forms]]
  
 
== Assignments ==
 
== Assignments ==
  
=== Write a Birthday Card ===
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=== Write a Birthday Card (50 Points) ===
  
'''Write a birthday card to a friend or family member using HTML and CSS.'''  Use HTML do define the content of the card (like the headings and the paragraphs), and use CSS to define the appearance.  Some ideas:
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'''Write a birthday card to a friend or family member using HTML and CSS.'''  Use HTML to define the content of the card (like the headings and the paragraphs), and use CSS to define the appearance.  Some ideas:
  
 
* Make the background-color of the page baby blue and use purple ink to write a card to a little boy
 
* Make the background-color of the page baby blue and use purple ink to write a card to a little boy
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* Use a boxy font with text shadows to make your card look urban (more advanced)
 
* Use a boxy font with text shadows to make your card look urban (more advanced)
  
Remember that you're in a computer science class (not an art class), so we don't care if your card looks ugly.  The main thing is that you learn HTML and CSS and use them appropriately.
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Use this opportunity to experiment with the plethora of CSS properties.  Remember that you're in a computer science class (not an art class), so we don't care if your card looks ugly.  The main thing is that you learn HTML and CSS and use them appropriately.
  
 
==== How to Edit Your File ====
 
==== How to Edit Your File ====
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==== Validation ====
 
==== Validation ====
  
'''Your birthday card must pass the W3C Validator with no errors.'''  From [http://validator.w3.org/ the validator], you can choose to upload your file.
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'''Your birthday card must pass the W3C Validator with no errors (15 Points).'''  From [http://validator.w3.org/ the validator], you can choose to upload your file.
  
 
For more information on validation, see the HTML and CSS guide: [[HTML and CSS#Validation]]
 
For more information on validation, see the HTML and CSS guide: [[HTML and CSS#Validation]]
  
=== Make a Portal to a Wikipedia Search ===
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=== Make a Portal to a C-SPAN Search ===
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'''Write an HTML document containing a form that searches C-SPAN's web site.'''  You should be able to type in a search term and have your form load the C-SPAN search page.
  
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# Visit [http://www.c-span.org/ www.c-span.org].  Search for something easy to spot in the URL, like "QUERY".
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# Look at the URL of the search page.  What is the script URL?  What is the query variable?
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# Make an HTML document containing a text field and a submit button.  Typing a search query into the text field and pressing the submit button should load the C-SPAN search page.
  
 
== Grading ==
 
== Grading ==
  
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We will be grading the following aspects of your work.
  
 
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* Correct usage of HTML and CSS in your birthday card.
There is a 1 point penalty for each day late. Do not come to class at 12:59 and expect a TA to be available.
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* Experimenting with at least 5 different CSS properties in your birthday card.
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* Birthday card passes the W3C validation for the declared DOCTYPE (e.g., HTML 5).
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* C-SPAN search portal is functional.
  
 
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Revision as of 01:26, 17 March 2013


Module 1 introduces the fundamentals of HTML and CSS. You will first make a static document using HTML and CSS, and then you will make a portal to a C-SPAN search. This module is worth 75 points.

Demo Day: September 4, 2013

Reading

The following articles on the online class wiki textbook contain information that will help you complete the assignment.

Assignments

Write a Birthday Card (50 Points)

Write a birthday card to a friend or family member using HTML and CSS. Use HTML to define the content of the card (like the headings and the paragraphs), and use CSS to define the appearance. Some ideas:

  • Make the background-color of the page baby blue and use purple ink to write a card to a little boy
  • Make the text big and red, and include pictures of hearts
  • Use a boxy font with text shadows to make your card look urban (more advanced)

Use this opportunity to experiment with the plethora of CSS properties. Remember that you're in a computer science class (not an art class), so we don't care if your card looks ugly. The main thing is that you learn HTML and CSS and use them appropriately.

How to Edit Your File

Starting in Module 2, we will be using Komodo Edit as our primary development tool. However, for the purposes of this exercise, we want you to edit your HTML file using a more basic text editor.

  • On Windows, consider Notepad++. This is already installed for you in the CEC labs. If you prefer to use your personal computer, you can download it from here.
  • On Mac OS X, consider TextWrangler. You can download it from here or from the Apple App Store.
  • Most Linux distributions come with gedit pre-installed, which you can use for this lab.

Please save your file as birthday.html from the plain text editor of your choice.

Important Note: Writing your web page in a word processor like Microsoft Word or even WordPad or TextEdit will not work. What you need is a plain text editor.

How to View Your HTML Document

Once you have birthday.html, you can open it using your favorite web browser (like Firefox). For the purposes of this exercise, it suffices to right-click the file and tell it to "open with" Firefox. When the file opens, it should be under the file:/// protocol.

In Module 2, we will install a web server that serves up pages on the http:// protocol.

Validation

Your birthday card must pass the W3C Validator with no errors (15 Points). From the validator, you can choose to upload your file.

For more information on validation, see the HTML and CSS guide: HTML and CSS#Validation

Make a Portal to a C-SPAN Search

Write an HTML document containing a form that searches C-SPAN's web site. You should be able to type in a search term and have your form load the C-SPAN search page.

  1. Visit www.c-span.org. Search for something easy to spot in the URL, like "QUERY".
  2. Look at the URL of the search page. What is the script URL? What is the query variable?
  3. Make an HTML document containing a text field and a submit button. Typing a search query into the text field and pressing the submit button should load the C-SPAN search page.

Grading

We will be grading the following aspects of your work.

  • Correct usage of HTML and CSS in your birthday card.
  • Experimenting with at least 5 different CSS properties in your birthday card.
  • Birthday card passes the W3C validation for the declared DOCTYPE (e.g., HTML 5).
  • C-SPAN search portal is functional.