One of the easier things on creating my website was linking pages or adding links to my site. In my project, I did both options. I had a home page, dc, marvel, battle and contact. The last one as a link to my email address in case someone wanted to send me an email. The other links were internal and linked to each other. I made sure that the navigation bar was consistent from the right size, color and placement on the screen. I could have created links using images and not text. At the time of creating the project, I did not want to create a potential problem as I had a hard time with placement of images and text on the same page.
July 4, 2008
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The big news that I learned about adding graphics, which someone advise me on my blog, is how it needs to be up loaded to the server where the site is located. Yesterday, I had my website presentation. One of the things I discussed was the problem I had with the have the text and graphics being aligned properly. While I was able to use Dreamweaver to create and upload my website, it is not as easy to things around. If you haven’t seen my site, click here to visit my page.
June 17, 2008
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Let’s begin with what ICANN stands for: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Their responsibility is to ensure that all addresses that we type in the address bar of our browser is unique. For example, you have the www.whitehouse.gov and www.whitehouse.com sites with the same name but they have two different addresses like 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 and they definitely have two different types of content.
As I went on to read more about ICANN, at one one point, there was a listing of things ICANN does not do:
ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.
It sounded as if ICANN should have been named ICANN’T. ICANN’T control content on the Internet, ICANN’T do this and ICANN’T do that and so forth.
I did start to wondered how many unique IP addresses ICANN had to deal since we have mobile phone, blackberries and other devices which can connect to the Internet. There are an article on their site, click here to read, which deals with this issue. IPv6 allows ICANN to assign more unique address than the previous IPv4.
IPv6 is the addressing protocol that increases the unique IP addresses from the 4 billion available in IPv4, to more than 340 trillion trillion trillion.
This is just a staggering amount of IP’s that one can even comprehend.
June 16, 2008
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As you have read in the previous blog entries, I have finally started my webpage. Keeping that in mind, Chapter 6 deals with CSS or Casscading Style Sheet. But what does CSS mean to me?
From what I am reading and my understanding of CSS is a way to boost or a richer way to display your site. An analogy comes to mind as I am going through a drive-thru at McDonald’s. I place the order for the meal that I want and I get exactly what I ordered: burger, fries and a drink – this is HTML. Place the same order again but now CSS comes into play. When I pick up my meal at the window, it’s SUPERSIZE. It’s still the same burger, fries and drink but only better. If I am wrong, please tell me if my analogy is incorrect.
There are three types of CSS that I need to keep in mind when I apply them to my website:
- External Style Sheet: As it is names, this file is kept separate from the HTML document
- Internal Style Sheet: The file is embedded within the HTML document
- Inline Style Sheet: This file is kept inside the HTML Tags
You may say the 2 and 3 are the same but there are not. Here’s another food analogy. 1. External – think of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with three slices of bread. The one in them middle separates the peanut butter from the jelly or the CSS from the HTML. 2.Internal – the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is made with two slice of bread. The peanut butter and jelly are put together and touching each other. 3. Inline – the last sandwich has the peanut butter and jelly all mixed up together. Here, you can’t tell where the jelly or peanut butter ends or begins.
Okay, I need to get me some fud.
June 16, 2008
This is what I was able to design using Dreamweaver today. Notice, there are no bells or whistles on the web page. I just wanted to see how this would look. I was able to do the preview in the browser but that is it. The next challenge is to have this upload to my USF site. I have the SSH Secure File Transfer Program and I was able to log in without any problems. I need to know what is the next step. Does each picture and text have to be uploaded separately or as one page? That is my next research dilemma.
June 13, 2008
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I’m still treading through the material which for the past week has not been easy. My son had to be taken to the ER because some idiot at his daycare gave him a brownie which was bad bescause he is allergic to eggs. A few days later, I was struggling with a head cold. When I finally get down to reviewing this chapter, this picture summarizes my overall feeling. It’s clear on some points but fuzzy most of the places. I curse you HTML. I curse you.
Moving on, there was a good reference block of some general tidbits to keep in mind for my web design.
- Split your text into small section – this part referred to how readers of web pages usually don’t like reading long paragraphs. Keep what you want to say short and to the point.
- Create short pages – when creating your web page, if it takes more than two full screens to see it, break it up to a smaller page.
- Divide your content into several pages – linking all the smaller pages will be something more than the content I will have to make sure it works properly. This will give the viewer the option to view the content in any order. REMEMBER THREE CLICK OR LESS TO GET TO THE INFO.
- Put your moust important information in the first screenful – For those who read comics, the first page is referred as the SPLASH page which is usually a full page graphic to get the reader hook. The first web page screen has to invoke the same rush.
- Proofread, proofread, proofread – this is sumthing dat I suk @ ’cause my thughts coom to quicklee b4 eye wright it dawn propurly.
- Don’t go wild with formatting until you understand style sheet – I know this is referring to CSS Casscading Style Sheets but that all that I know.
June 6, 2008
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Looking over the site for W3C at first glance, I am totally overwhelmed with the amount of data presented on the site. Basically, this is a consortium where their main goal is to develop web standards.
To lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web.
First, I did not know such an organization even existed. However, this would make sense to have some type of standard practice or for some organization to help form consistent web protocols. If you take a step back and remember the war between Betamax and VHS. These were two different formats to record and watch recorded material. Each one had specific machine to play the tapes and could not be interchanged. Flash forward, we have the regular dvd, HD dvd and Blu-Ray dvd. Here is another, yet similiar battle, with Blu-Ray leading the pack as the new standard. This then begs the question, how will I be able to use this site as a resource? Markup Validation Service.
By going to this link: Markup Validation Service one can enter a web page to check its validity. Think of this service as a spell check like on a word processor program that check for any grammatical errors. A caveat needs to noted here, just because the site may check the page and finds no errors does not mean that the web page is a good page. Going back to the word processoring program, if I working on a paper, I could be free of gramatical errors but content of paper may be poor. This needs to be kept in mind when creating a web page.