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ElementsCourse Content: Elements

Explore a variety of tools and resources for expressing information and ideas.

As you design print and web-based materials for your course, think about how information can be conveyed most effectively.

Tips for Web Design

Project Planning. Create a diagram showing the organization of your website as well as the file names. Inspiration software works great for these types of diagrams. The example below is from the Shaping Outcomes course.

Shaping Outcomes

File Names. There are no spaces in file names. Also, keep file names short. Use all lowercase letters. Don’t use symbols (i.e., commas, number sign) in file names. You can save web pages with the .htm or the .html file extension. However, remember which you used.

File Management. Create a folder/subdirectory with a short name. Store all web pages, images, and other related files in this folder. Some designers use subfolders for images. Pay attention to where files are stored on your hard drive.

Upload Information. Keep a list of your FTP information including the host, directory, username, and password needed to upload.

Useability Testing. After you upload, be sure to preview each page on both Mac and Windows machines. Also test in Firefox, Internet Explorer and other browsers. When previewing, be sure to Refresh after uploading revised files.

Accessibility. Consider whether your materials will be accessible to all end users.

To learn more about accessibility, go to Accessibility in Information Architecture for the Web.

Be sure to explore additional pages in this section of the workshop. Learn more about five different elements including text, graphic, auditory, motion, and multimedia.

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