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Course Materials: Course Guide

Use the following guide to complete the requirements for this course.

Course Activities

The class contains six Skills Building Activities (SBA) (60 points) and one Course Project submitted in two parts: The Plan (10 Points) and The Website (30 Points). The guidelines for these assignments are listed below.

The six Skills Building Activities (SBA) (10 points each) provide flexible opportunities for students to explore and apply course content related to information architecture. Choices allow students with diverse background and professional interests to apply skills and theories to meaningful, practical assignments. The SBAs contain two components (an activity posting and at least one quality reply). These will be posted in the Oncourse forum area.

The Course Project (40 Points) brings all your skills together in a single project that combines HTML5, multimedia, social media, and Dreamweaver skills.

Courses Study Materials

Each person approaches the study of information architecture in a different way depending on his or her personal and professional interests and experiences. Rather than dictating all of the required readings, this course provides flexibility by allowing you to choose areas where you'd like to explore in-depth.

try itWoven into the required online course readings, you'll find required articles indicated with a blue book icon shown on the left. Read them for the general concepts they address. You don't need to read every word of every article. However they are often useful in completing the SBA assignments or providing ideas for your project so don't skip them!

try itIn some cases, a Lynda training video or other online video will be provided. Rather an a book icon, look for the blue video icon (right).

You'll also find additional resources at the bottom of each course page. It's up to you to decide whether these additional resources will be useful for your understanding. They can be very useful in identifying ideas to share in the SBAs. Use the IUPUI Library Citation Linker for quick access to the resource articles.

try itRather than simply reading the materials on each page, be sure to TRY IT! Throughout the course readings, you'll find short activities that will help you apply the ideas you're learning. These activities aren't graded and don't need to be turned in, however they are important for your learning. They're the types of activities we would be doing in a face-to-face class. Instead, it's your job to work your way through these activities independently. Look for the Try It! icon (left) on the left in light green boxes for TRY IT! activities.

Course Guide

You can find the specific course readings for each week in this guide. They are also found in the course calendar along with due dates for readings and activity assignments.

Introduce Yourself (0 Points, required)
Enter the Oncourse site (Login required) for this course (SP13 IN SLIS S532 9921). Find the Forums section and in the General Section at the top of the webpage, you will find the area to Introduce Yourself. Explore some library websites and share your thoughts. What makes an effective library website?

HTML

Although many libraries use content management systems and web development tools to create their websites, there's always a need to go on step deeper. Whether tweaking a web page or adding special features, anyone involved with web development needs basic skills in HTML.

To create web pages, you'll be using raw HTML coding. You may or may not already have background in HTML programming. Use the following resources to learn or review the basics.

HTML5: Introduction

Read Introduction.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 1: Getting started with HTML5 and web pages.

Document Structure

Read Document Structure.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 2: Creating your first HTML5 web page.

Text

Read Text.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 3: Adding and modifying text.

CSS Styles

Read CSS Styles.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 4: Adding CSS styles.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 5: Styling text.

Images

Read Images.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 6: Adding images.

Links

Read Links.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 7: Adding links.

Lists

Read Lists.

Formative Evaluation & Validation

Read Formative Evaluation.
Read Formative Evaluation and Validation.

Complete SBA 1.

SBA 1: Basic HTML (10 Points).
Complete the following steps.

Step 1: Web Space
You need to establish web space for all of your assignments. Go to the Personal Webspace page for suggestions.

Step 2: Personal Page
All of your SBA assignments will be submitted as web pages. You need to create a class page that will contain links to all of your assignments. This page must have the following elements: DOCTYPE declaration for transitional XHTML, head tags, title tags, body tags, internal and external links, CSS of your choice, HTML and CSS validations with links to validation sources, horizontal line at bottom of page with your name, creation date, and email link. Consider using this website as a place for your personal or professional portfolio. You could also use it to post assignments for other courses, share professional documents, or keep track of professional links and resources. In some cases, job applications provide a place for a URL, this would be a great time to get it started!

Step 3: Practice Exercises
Complete the Chocolate and Comets activities. Each exercise provides you with a list of tags that must be incorporated into the design of simple web pages. These directions are at the top of the text file between the ** marks. Rather than just clicking on each link, right-click on the link and save the text document on your hard drive. Then, open you text editor (such as Notepad for Windows or TextEditor for Mac). Open the document. Now, you can start coding.

Step 4: Validation
When complete, validate your page using a validator. Review the Validation page. It is suggested that you try different validators for practice. However you must use the W3C as one of your choices and include the validation code icon at the bottom of your page. You'll want to use the W3C CSS Validator also. Your pages need to validate to receive full credit.

Step 5: Upload Files
Upload all your files. Be sure your images are in the correct place and that they are working.
Create a link from your personal page to your Chocolate and Comets pages.
Go to Oncourse and post the link from your personal page, Chocolate, and Comets pages.
Check to be sure your links work and are available to the public.

Step 6: Reply
Provide a reply that provides feedback or suggestions. Or, help a classmate who as posted a question in this thread.

Your posting MUST be made by the due date. However you are free to edit your posting or assignment based on errors you've found or help you've received from classmates. No additional edits may be made after the reply due date.

Special Note: For beginners, this activity will take a tremendous amount of time! Stick with it. For people with current coding skills, these activities should be a breeze. However, we all need to have basic skills to be successful with the core content for this course.

You may redo if needed. 1 point will be deducted for resubmission.

Evaluation Criteria (10 Points)
Personal Page (2 Point)
Chocolate (3 Point)
Comets (3 Point)
High quality reply (1 Point)

Tables

Read Tables.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 8: Working with tables.

Layout

Read Layout.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 10: Controlling page layout.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 11: Adding semantic tags.

Canvases

Read Canvases.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 13: Adding canvases.

Media Elements

Read Media Elements.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 14: Adding video and audio.

Publishing

Read Publishing.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 15: Publishing your web pages.

Website Accessibility

Read Website Accessibility.

Complete SBA 2.

SBA 2: Advanced HTML5 (10 Points).
Complete the following steps.

Step 1: Create Pages
Go to the Video & Image Starter Resources page. Create THREE pages using one of the topics on the list. One page should be your entry page and the other two are supplemental pages. It's up to you to select content beyond the provided photos and media elements. You can incorporate any of the visuals and/or movies related to your topic. If you have your own photographs and video clips you are feel to use any topic you wish as long as you meet the requirements listed below.

Step 2: Navigation
Establish a navigation area for your mini-website. It should be consistent across the three pages.
Provide an effective way to move between pages using links.
Incorporate at least one link to an external website.

Step 3: Images
Use at least five graphics.
Choose a photograph. Resize the image in any graphics software (Windows has a program called Paint in Accessories. GIMP is another free option.). The image should be approximately 72dpi, 250 pixels high, and saved as a JPG.
Link a thumbnail of an image (small version of the image around 100 pixels high) to a larger image file. (300 to 500 pixels high)
Add horizontal and vertical space (padding) around an image .
Align at least 2 images.
Incorporate at least one image label link.

Step 4: Canvas
Use the new <canvas> element to draw something on the page or place an image. Remember that you need both the canvas element and the JavaScript for it to work.

Step 4: Tables
Create a table.
Include a border on a table
Change the background color of a cell(s).
Add cell padding.

Step 5: Special Features
Incorporate a multimedia element such as a slide show, audio, or video. You don't need to copy movies into your server space, but you should EMBED at least one. Any easy approach is to use the embed code from YouTube.
Create bars (such as colored section headings) with padding around text.
Set margins.

Step 6: CSS Features
Create single, external CSS should control styles on all three pages.
Set a color for the link to something other than blue.

Step 7: Accessibility
Make your web pages accessible.
All images must have alternative text.
All tables must have a caption.
Conduct a web accessibility test using Cynthia Says™ from HiSoftware® or WAVE from WebAim. Your page should be at least Section 508 accessible. If you have trouble meeting the requirements, discuss the specific errors you were not able to correct. For help in interpreting the results, go to the help pages provided by the tool you chose and the Web Accessibility page.
Follow the Cynthia or WAVE directions and include an icon from the validator and a link on the icon to the validator website

Step 8: Validation
Conduct a HTML and CSS validation: When complete, validate your page using at least 2 validators. Review the Validation page. List the validators used at the bottom of your page. Conduct a W3C validation for HTML and CSS. Use the validator page for help. Follow the directions at the W3C include icons from the validators and a link on the icon to the validator website. You'll want to use the W3C CSS Validator also.

Step 9: Upload
Upload the three files and your external CSS to your web space. Create a link to your personal page. You must use all the tags and CSS styles specified in order to get all 10 points. Post a message in Oncourse SBA 2 area when you're ready to have your entire activity (SBA 2) graded. Be sure to provide your personal URL and links so I can find your assignment. Double-check your links to be sure they work!

Step 10: Reply Provide a reply that provides feedback or suggestions. Or, help a classmate who as posted a question in this thread.

Your posting MUST be made by the due date. However you are free to edit your posting or assignment based on errors you've found or help you've received from classmates. No additional edits may be made after the reply due date.

You may redo if needed. 1 point will be deducted for resubmission.

Evaluation Criteria (10 Points)
At least 3 Pages (1 Point)
Navigation (1 Point)
Images (1 Point)
Canvas (1 Point)
Tables (1 Point)
Special Features (1 Point)
CSS (1 Point)
Accessibility (1 Point)
Validation (1 Point)
High quality reply (1 Point)

Website Evaluation

Spend some time exploring websites in your interest area. Your focus may be on library or organization websites. If you're interested in another type of website, feel free to explore websites in that area.

Read Website Evaluation. Be sure to check out the pages for School Libraries, Academic Libraries, Public Libraries, and Special Libraries.

What does a good website look like? What are some elements that should be a part of any effective, efficient, and appealing website?

Read Website Criteria.

A good way to see quality examples is by examining award winning websites. Check out some of these sites and the criteria used to judge the winners.

Read Website Awards.

Complete SBA 3.

SBA 3: Website Evaluation (10 Points).
Complete the following steps.

Step 1: Choose a Website
Choose a library website in your professional interest area. Nominate it for the Best in the Universe award. Use ideas from the course materials to create your own evaluation criteria.

Step 2: Create Nomination Pages
Construct web pages for your nomination. Your web project should contain at least three pages (i.e., entry page, technical review, content review). Your web pages must be created in raw XHTML and use a single, shared CSS. All assignments are to be posted on the Web by the due date.

Step 3: Website Evaluation Component
At least three pages containing nomination background information and an INDEPTH technical and content review of your nominated website. Your entry page should be linked to at least two additional pages focusing on specific aspects of your evaluation. For example, you might have a content evaluation page and a technical evaluation page.

Step 4: Page Contents
Your pages should include a detailed evaluation of the website you're nominating and follow evaluation criteria you've developed or found in course resources. Be sure to provide an overview of the selected library website's purpose and contents. Describe the web site's organization and structure. Also, describe the usability of the website. Discuss any general strengths and/or weaknesses. Be sure to use many, very specific examples and links to specific pages within the site. Talk about how the website's design supports and/or hinders its usability. Use the supplemental pages to focus on specific examples of how the website reflects quality content, design, or service. Be sure to link to specific pages within the nominated website to support your perspective.

Step 5: Links
Your pages should include effective internal navigation to move among each of your pages. Your page should contain external links to the nominated page. When possible, link to specific pages in the nominated site as examples.

Step 6: Table
Include at least two tables. Be sure to include alternative text description in the table for web accessibility.

Step 7: Images
Include at least eight images. Be sure to include alternative text description for each image for web accessibility.

Step 8: CSS
Use CSS (external .css document that controls all three pages) that designates at least the following: two font styles; two text options (i.e., bold, italics), two colors and/or a background; and use of box, block, or margins/padding.

Step 9: Contact Line

Include your name (or alias), an email link, and the creation date at the bottom of each page.

Step 10: Validation
Use a validator such as W3C to check your code. Include a line at the bottom of the page stating that your code is valid and the validation tools you used. I will be checking your validations.

Step 11: Accessibility
Conduct a web accessibility test using one of the free online tools: Cynthia or WAVE from WebAim. Make sure that each webpage passes the test for Section 508 accessibility or above. If the accessibility tool provides an icon and your webpage passes the test, use that icon on your webpage.

Step 12: Reply
Provide a reply that provides feedback or suggestions. Or, help a classmate who as posted a question in this thread.

Your posting MUST be made by the due date. However you are free to edit your posting or assignment based on errors you've found or help you've received from classmates. No additional edits may be made after the reply due date.

Evaluation Criteria (10 Points)
Content Aspects (5 Points)
Entry page clearly states the purpose of the pages
Content is logically organized
Website is free from spelling, grammatical, and other typographical errors
Writing is clear and appropriate for the professional nature of the nomination
Background information about nominated website (i.e., name, URL, location, type, system/browser used, date of evaluation)
Overall impressions, a summary, or general review are provided
Specific criteria and evaluation discussion is provided in the following areas: Site purpose and structure, Content aspects, Design aspects, Navigation, Technical and Usability, Maintenance, Content Enhancement or Special Features
Specific examples relate to the quality of the nominated site
Links to specific examples within the nominated site

Design Aspects (2 Points)
Pages have a standard, consistent "look and feel" throughout
Site makes appropriate use of fonts
Site makes effective use of colors
Layout is effective and visually appealing
Images contribute to rather than distract from web page

Technical Aspects (2 Points)
Pages load properly and contains a title
Internal and external links work properly
Content and navigation elements are well-labeled
Email link works properly
Table works properly and alternative text provided for tables
Images load properly and alternative text provided for images
Cascading style sheet functions properly
Contact information provided including name, date, email address
HTML and CSS validation information accurate and included
Accessibility test information accurate and included

Reply (1 Point)

Information Architecture

Anyone can create a website, but it takes planning to develop an effective, efficient, and appealing web-based environment.

Information Architecture is the art and science of identifying, organizing, and managing information for a particular need. Information architecture (IA) brings content and technical elements of web development together. Most information architectures following four general steps: investigation, analysis, design, and implementation.

Read Information Architecture Overview.
Read Principles of IA.
Read Research.
Read Strategies.
Read Design.
Read Web Development Tools.

Complete SBA 4.

SBA 4: Information Architecture (10 Points).
Complete the following steps.

Step 1: Conduct an interview with a web master. This can be a person you know or someone you identify through email. For example, you might email the web master of a website you enjoy or use regularly. Your job is to investigate the information architecture coordinated by this web master. Be sure to learn about how content and technical decisions are made, how web accessibility issues are addressed, and how the website is maintained and updated. This interview should be extensive! Be sure to include the URL of the website.
Guidelines: Choose someone outside your "comfort zone". In other words, don't email your uncle in Seattle or your aunt in Toronto. Consider a government agency or other high quality, professional website. You MUST complete this activity in a timely fashion. As such, consider developing a set of questions and sending them to 3-5 webmasters or more in case one doesn't come through.

Step 2:
Explore a topic related to information architecture or web design you find interesting (e.g., tags, technical standards, metadata, accessibility). Write a article that could be published in a library journal about this topic. The article should cite at least four articles from professional journals. Also, consider incorporating a quote from your webmaster interview. End with a couple questions that might generate discussion on your topic.
Need Ideas?
Content Issues. Questions to stimulate your interest - What types of needs assessment are most effective? What are the attributes of content objects in particular types of projects? How do museums, libraries, and other organizations organize complex content? Are top-bottom or bottom-top approaches more effective? What are examples of essential, special, dynamic, interactive, and duplicate content elements?
Standards and Open Source Issues. Questions to stimulate your interest - What's the current status of XHTML? What technical standards are most important? How do I access and make use of open source materials? What's meta-data and why is it so important?
Management Issues. Questions to stimulate your interest - What are issues regarding linking to outside resources? What about deep-linking? What policies should be put in place for website management? How can mistakes be avoided? How can I password protect areas of my website? How do I keep my website updated?
Evaluation and Usability Tests. Questions to stimulate your interest - How do novices and advanced users react differently to websites? What approaches do people use in navigating websites? What about children versus adults? Do regional and cultural differences exist in web use? What are different types of evaluation such as heuristic?

Step 3:
Share the results of your interview and the article in a posting for the class.

Step 4:
Provide a reply that provides feedback or suggestions. Or, help a classmate who as posted a question in this thread.

Your posting MUST be made by the due date. However you are free to edit your posting or assignment based on errors you've found or help you've received from classmates. No additional edits may be made after the reply due date.

Evaluation Criteria (10 Points)
Interview (4 Points)
Article (5 Points)
High quality reply (1 Point)

Complete Course Project: The Plan.

Course Project: The Plan (10 Points)
Your task involves developing a website for a particular group. Your first problem is to find a client. In other words, you need to find a group that needs a website. Start with your family and friends. Consider an area school or public library that doesn't have a website. Remember, it doesn't have to be a school or library, it could be a community center, non-profit organization, or technology lab. However, it should NOT simply be a personal or hobby website.

You could also look for a website that needs to be redesigned. Consider reaching beyond your community. Seek out a poor or rural school or library that might need your help. Send them an email asking if they'd like your help. You MUST develop a website for a REAL client.

Follow the information architecture steps to develop a plan for your website.

Step 1: Research Client Needs
Once you've identified a potential project, it's time to explore your client's needs. The first step in information architecture is research. Your job is to conduct a short investigation. It's up to you to decide what needs assessment tool(s) you might use (i.e., interviews, survey, observations). However, you must identify specific needs and be able to justify those needs with data. You also need to come up with a goal or purpose for your website. Finally, your website must go beyond links to other resources. What are the content needs? What original content will be developed?

Step 2: Develop a Strategy
Once you've identified needs, it's time to focus on planning your website. What kinds of things could be included on the website? What will you choose to place on the website? How will your website be structured? The second step in information architecture is strategy. Your job is to explore all the possible content that could be included in the website and begin narrowing your focus. Complete the following activities to learn about the analysis stage of information architecture.

Step 3: Design the Blueprint for Your Website
Now it's time to think about the website itself. How will the information be organized and presented? How will the website function? How will users interact with your materials? What software will be used to design your website? How will you select the most appropriate theme, layout, fonts, graphics, navigation, and other elements. The third step in information architecture is design. Your job is to create a blueprint for the website.

Step 4: Create a Project Plan
Create a project plan web page and upload it to your web space. This project plan should include the following elements:
Discussion of primary and secondary audiences
Discussion of a needs assessment. The results of a needs assessment incorporating at least one of the following tools: survey, interview, case study, observation, data, and/or testing.
Discussion of website purpose and goals.
Explanation of unique contribution of website.
Description of the essential, special, dynamic, interactive, and duplicate content elements as discussed in the course readings.
Use Inspiration (free trial version download), Bubbl or another online planning tool to create your organizational design. You can save the diagram as a JPG file and insert it or link to it on your planning page. Or, you may embed a graphic organizer created in another software package or online concept mapping tool.
Provide a high quality reply.

Evaluation Criteria (10 Points)
Audience (1 Point)
Needs Assessment (2 Point)
Purpose and Goals (2 Point)
Unique Contribution (1 Point)
Content Elements (1 Point)
Diagram (2 Point)
High quality reply (1 Point)

 

Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver is the most popular web development software. With Dreamweaver you can use the design features to create a web page, then use the code feature to tweak it was needed.

Dreamweaver: Basics

Read Dreamweaver: Basics.
Read Warner Chapter 1: Getting started with Dreamweaver.
Read Warner Chapter 2: Setting up your website.
Read Warner Chapter 3: Exploring the Dreamweaver interface.
Read Warner Chapter 4: Working with HTML.
Read Warner Chapter 5: Formatting and styling text.
Read Warner Chapter 6: Working with images and multimedia.
Read Warner Chapter 7: Creating hyperlinks.
Read Warner Chapter 8: Adding and editing tables.

Dreamweaver: Advanced

Read Dreamweaver: Practice.
Read Warner Chapter 10: Using library items and templates.
Read Warner Chapter 11: Creating and applying Cascading Style Sheets.
Read Warner Chapter 12: Designing a website with CSS.
Read Warner Chapter 13: Publishing a website.

Dynamic Websites

There are many advanced web development tools and approaches you might want to incorporate as you expand your website and may it more engaging for visitors.

Forms

Read Forms.
Read Warner Chapter 9: Creating web-based forms.
Read Wooldridge Chapter 9: Creating forms.

Interactivity

Read Interactivity.

Read Wooldridge Chapter 12: Working with JavaScript.
Read Warner Chapter 15: Adding interactivity with Spry and JavaScript

Social Technology

Read Social Technology.

Multimedia Technology

Read Multimedia Technology.

Complete SBA 5.

SBA 5: Dreamweaver and Forms (10 Points).
Complete the following steps.

Step 1: Content Analysis
Examine the information architecture of a content-rich website. Rather the focusing on the surface level technical aspects, examine the architecture of the information. For example, look at the organization of the information (i.e., file structure, data placement, data access), navigation, and content selection and presentation. You can decide how you'd like to present this information. You also need to make AT LEAST TWO references to articles you've read in the course or that you've found on your own. Do not just pick a school or library website. We've already analyzed "organization websites". Your selection should focus on a "collection of information" within a website. For example, you might choose a historical photograph collection at a museum, a lesson plan collection at a school, an online database of insects, or a recipe collection. You're free to select an information-rich website in any field.

Step 2: Dreamweaver Pages
Create at least three web pages to share your Content Analysis. Use a Dreamweaver template. Or, create your own three pages that have a consistent format.

Step 3: Form
Many websites contain forms. Create a form on one of your pages. You can set up the form to send you email. Or, you can use one of the many automated form services such as Response-O-matic.

Step 4: Reply
Provide a reply that provides feedback or suggestions. Or, help a classmate who as posted a question in this thread.

Your posting MUST be made by the due date. However you are free to edit your posting or assignment based on errors you've found or help you've received from classmates. No additional edits may be made after the reply due date.

Evaluation Criteria (10 Points)
Content Analysis (5 Points)
Dreamweaver Pages (2 Points)
Form (2 Points)
High quality reply (1 Point)

Website Management

A good information architect knows the importance of quality management strategies. Building your website is just the beginning of the web development process. Ongoing maintenance is a critical component of an effective website. Create a plan for ongoing website maintenance. Evaluation is something that must be done throughout the web development and maintenance process. Create a plan for ongoing website evaluation.

Usability

Read Website Usability.

Website Implementation

Read Website Implementation.

Website Maintenance

Read Website Maintenance.
Read Warner Chapter 14: Maintaining a website.

Read Website Evaluation.

The Next Step

Read Server-side Technology.
Read XML.
Read Trends and Futures.
Read Share Your Site.

Complete SBA 6.

SBA 6: Dynamic Websites and Usability (10 Points).
Complete the following steps.

Step 1: Web Page Requirement
Create a simple web page based on one of your favorite books or authors. You may hand-code or use Dreamweaver. You can use either internal or external CSS. Consider trying some contrasting colors in fonts or backgrounds to add visual interest without being distracting. Include at least three visuals. For example, you might copy book covers from the web.

Step 2: Technical Requirement

Requirement 1. Use a JavaScript to serve a particular function. For example, you might add a JavaScript footer that shows the current date or a rollover menu with graphics.
Requirement 2. Incorporate a widget (i.e., current weather widget, LibraryThing widget), embedded YouTube video, or other cool mini-application into your page. It must be embedded, so it can be viewed from your page.
Requirement 3. HTML5 offers some cool new interactive features such as the new drag and drop option. Try something new to HTML5.
Requirement 4. Try something just for fun. It can be any cool web feature you want to incorporate. Do something you haven't already done in this course.
Requirement 5. Create a list of the four elements you tried.
People come to this course with a wide range of experiences. This is an opportunity for beginners to have success and advanced users to build new skills. Those people coming to the course with advanced skills, may choose more advanced activities such as the use of PHP, ASP, or Cold Fusion rather than the suggestion technical requirements above. Another idea is to incorporate an RSS feed into your page. Please email your instructor to have your idea approved if it varies from the requirements above.
Suggestion: You do not need to write all the code from memory. Feel free to copy chunks of coding that you think might be useful. If you copy from a commercial site, they may request that you include a comment in the code citing your source. Keep in mind when you copy, your code can become messy. Make sure to clean it up when you're done!

Step 3: Usability Requirement

Test your page on different computer platforms and operating systems (i.e., Mac (OSX) and Windows (2000, XP).
Test your page on both Internet Explorer and one other browser (i.e., Chrome, Safari).
Test your page on two different sized monitors at different screen display resolutions (i.e., 600x800, 1024x768) and color depths (Change the screen resolution and color depths in the Control Panel on Windows and in the Screen Preferences on Macs) Note each platform used, browser version used, displays used, and any differences you see in the different situations. View your page at 3 different display sizes and color depths. Notice any differences in functionality.
Write a brief overview of the technical components you used for this project and the results from your usability tests.

Step 4: Validation Discussion Requirement
Validate your XHTML with a validator. Note the validator at the bottom of your page. It's very possible you won't be able to valid all scripts. If so, simply include a note to me indicating your validation problems. You'll find that as you integrate more advanced applications they often cause problems with validation. The feature may or may not be worth the validation issues. Include this issue in your forum discussion.

Evaluation Criteria (10 Points)
Webpage Elements (2 Points)
Technology Elements (4 Points)
Usability Requirement (2 Points)
Validation Discussion (1 Points)
High quality reply (1 Point)

Course Project: The Plan (30 Points)

Go to the Course Project page for the guidelines and checklist for the final project.


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