CRT - Creative Technologies
Diploma of Creative Industries (WDCI)

Teacher Name - lisa.cianci@vu.edu.au
Class Website - http://lisacianci.vucreativeindustries.com/2012/CRT)

 

Class 3 - More Wordpress, HTML & CSS with Dreamweaver


Class Activities

Work on Assessment Task 1 -- Blog Development

Technical Development

You will be shown how to incorporate widgets and develop existing functionality into the Wordpress personal blog developed in semester 1 in the DDM unit.  Students will be required to implement, activate and customize widgets and plugins for Wordpress to facilitate the following functionality:

 

Content Development

Focus on your own blog content development by making posts and creating galleries, portfolios, slideshows etc. Comment on other classmates' blogs.

  • Own blog posts - minimum 30 posts

  • Comments on other blogs - minimum 20 comments

 

Dreamweaver & HTML

Look at Dreamweaver software - interface, menus, how to start coding with HTML and CSS.

Exercise: You will be shown how to create a Webpage CV about your self with an image embedded in the page. Use HTML and as separate CSS stylesheet.

 

HTML Elements

http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_quick.asp

HTML Quick List from W3Schools. Print it, fold it, and put it in your pocket.


HTML Basic Document

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<title>Title of document goes here</title>
</head>

<body>
Visible text goes here...
</body>

</html>

Heading Elements

<h1>Largest Heading</h1>

<h2> . . . </h2>
<h3> . . . </h3>
<h4> . . . </h4>
<h5> . . . </h5>

<h6>Smallest Heading</h6>

Text Elements

<p>This is a paragraph</p>
<br /> (line break)
<hr /> (horizontal rule)
<pre>This text is preformatted</pre>

Logical Styles

<em>This text is emphasized</em>
<strong>This text is strong</strong>
<code>This is some computer code</code>

Physical Styles

<b>This text is bold</b>
<i>This text is italic</i>

Links

Ordinary link: <a href="http://www.example.com/">Link-text goes here</a>
Image-link: <a href="http://www.example.com/"><img src="URL" alt="Alternate Text" /></a>
Mailto link: <a href="mailto:webmaster@example.com">Send e-mail</a>

A named anchor:
<a name="tips">Tips Section</a>
<a href="#tips">Jump to the Tips Section</a>

Unordered list

<ul>
  <li>Item</li>
  <li>Item</li>
</ul>

Ordered list

<ol>
  <li>First item</li>
  <li>Second item</li>
</ol>

Definition list

<dl>
  <dt>First term</dt>
    <dd>Definition</dd>
  <dt>Next term</dt>
    <dd>Definition</dd>
</dl>

Tables

<table border="1">
  <tr>
    <th>Tableheader</th>
    <th>Tableheader</th>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>sometext</td>
    <td>sometext</td>
  </tr>
</table>

Iframe

<iframe src="demo_iframe.htm"></iframe>

Forms

<form action="http://www.example.com/test.asp" method="post/get">

<input type="text" name="email" size="40" maxlength="50" />
<input type="password" />
<input type="checkbox" checked="checked" />
<input type="radio" checked="checked" />
<input type="submit" value="Send" />
<input type="reset" />
<input type="hidden" />

<select>
<option>Apples</option>
<option selected="selected">Bananas</option>
<option>Cherries</option>
</select>

<textarea name="comment" rows="60" cols="20"></textarea>

</form>

Entities

&lt; is the same as <
&gt; is the same as >
&#169; is the same as ©

Other Elements

<!-- This is a comment -->

<blockquote>
Text quoted from a source.
</blockquote>

<address>
Written by W3Schools.com<br />
<a href="mailto:us@example.org">Email us</a><br />
Address: Box 564, Disneyland<br />
Phone: +12 34 56 78
</address>

 

Positioning Elements

the DIV elements is used in conjunction with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to position & style the content of your webpage. Like many HTML tags, DIV elements can be nested within each other to create complex layouts.

<div> content goes here</div>

 

Differences Between HTML4 & HTML5

http://www.w3schools.com/html5/html5_intro.asp

 


 

About CSS

  • CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets

  • Styles define how to display HTML elements

  • Styles were added to HTML 4.0 to solve a problem

  • External Style Sheets can save a lot of work

  • External Style Sheets are stored in CSS files

 

Styles Solved a Big Problem

HTML was never intended to contain tags for formatting a document. HTML was intended to define the content of a document, like:

<h1>This is a heading</h1>

<p>This is a paragraph.</p>

When tags like <font>, and color attributes were added to the HTML 3.2 specification, it started a nightmare for web developers. Development of large web sites, where fonts and color information were added to every single page, became a long and expensive process.

To solve this problem, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) created CSS.

In HTML 4.0, all formatting could be removed from the HTML document, and stored in a separate CSS file.

All browsers support CSS today.

 

CSS Saves a Lot of Work

CSS defines HOW HTML elements are to be displayed.

Styles are normally saved in external .css files. External style sheets enable you to change the appearance and layout of all the pages in a Web site, just by editing one single file!

http://www.w3schools.com/css/

 

How to use styles in Dreamweaver

You will be shown in class how to create simple styles for your webpage exercise

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/css.html

 

 

Video Tutorials

Adobe TV has some of the best tutorials and videos so you can refresh your memory when you are out of class. We are using Adobe applications of the CS4 version (which are not the latest) so it is best to use the documentation and tutorials for CS4 because newer versions have different menus and functionality which might be confusing.

http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-dreamweaver-cs4/

If you want to look at later Dreamweaver versionssuch as CS5.5 and CS6, there will be further instrucitn about using HTML5. CS4 doesn't automatically show code hints for HTML5, but you can use HTML5 in the code view.

 

Reading/viewing for next week:

Read this article on web design principals:

http://webdesign.about.com/od/webdesignbasics/a/aa053007.htm

 

Other Things to Do/Remember

Keep working on your blog content & commenting on colleagues' blogs.