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Dec. 10, 1:30-4PM, 106 McVey Hall
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Jan. 19, 2009, Monday, 2PM, location TBA
NORTH CAMPUS
Jan. 20, 2009, Tuesday, 2PM, location TBA

 

UPDATES

A MINIMAL HTML DOCUMENT
A main emphasis in our Web@UK classes and Site Reviews is declaring a DocType at the very beginning of your HTMO coding.

In an article by Kevin Yank, he states, "One upon a time, an HTML document only had to contain a <!DOCTYPE> declaration and a <title> tag.

He goes on to say, "At the time HTML 3.2 was the recommended spec, very few web designers bothered with a <!DOCTYPE>, or with valid code at all, so in practice an HTML document could be any text file containing any combination of text and HTML tags.

"These days, the needs of accessibility, search engine optimization, document consistency for JavaScript manipulation, and support for international characters all combine to require more of our HTML. The minimal HTML document has gotten a lot bigger.

"Here’s the very minimum that an HTML 4 document should contain, assuming it has CSS and JavaScript linked to it" - www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2008/09/23/a-minimal-html-document/

EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT CSS IS WRONG
From the above titled book - "Whether you consider yourself a CSS layout expert, have previously tried to learn CSS layout techniques and given up in frustration, or are only just exploring CSS for the first time, everything you know about CSS is wrong.

"The book, written by Kevin Yank and Rachel Andrew, describes how the CSS landscape is about to change dramatically. Over the next year or so, CSS will become more powerful, more reliable, and—most importantly—a lot easier to use. You just have to be prepared to rethink the way you use it—or the reasons you avoid it."

Watch this 10 minutes video from one of its authors about the impetus for the book and learn about the early days of HTML, tables and the recent emergence of CSS Tables today.

And, not to leave you hanging here's an article about creating "Terrific Tables With CSS" by Jonathan Snook.


CONFERENCES:
FETC 2009 (Florida Educational Technology Conference) – Jan. 21-24 in Orlando - www.fetc.org/
WebVisions - May 20-22, 2009 in Portland, Oregon - www.webvisionsevent.com/
An Event Apart 2009 - May, June & December in Seattle, Boston and San Francisco - http://www.aneventapart.com/news/2008/10/an_event_apart_2009.php


SITE REVIEW

UK HealthCare Trauma Services - www.mc.uky.edu/traumaservices/


Notes from Campus

6 THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT DREAMWEAVER CS4

Author Alex Walker starts with:

"Although I'm sure there are people out there who upgrade as a matter of course, most of us need a handful of good reasons to reach into our pocket. The key question: What do I get for shelling out my hard-earned on the latest big green beast from Adobe?"

He goes on to identify six new features that can help your DW experience - UI/Workflow, the Related Files Toolbar, New Code Navigator, Live View, Advanced JavaScript Code Completion and Externalize JavaScript Command.

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