Since your at a univeristy you might as well take the time to go over
the some of the more theoretical stuff. This is particlularly a good ida
if your talking to CS students who are more interested in that kind of
Probably one of most important things is Semantics. Paricularly the
separation of style and content, although semantics covers a lot more
too. Of course don't over do it (join the www-html list on w3.org for
examples :P) but I htink it will give the students a firm foundation for
a lot of the whys behind how things are done.
As far as server side languages like PHP, JSP, and the other
abominations - I think that probably belongs in another course. Mainly
because there is a lot of stuff that needs to be covered here
(particularly security issues). If the students haven't done at least
some programming you might find that either 1) it ends up becoming a
second Introduction to Programming 101 or 2) the students won't have a
clue as to what they're doing and will get more confused because there
is an extra layer they don't understand.
On Sat, 2005-11-26 at 00:06 +0100, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
There are two magazines out of the UK that sometimes offer tutorials
that you can use in the classrom. One is called WebDesigner and the
other is called Practical Web Projects
If you want to teach web design from a standards perspective, there are
three books listed in the right hand column of my blog at
http://www.netmix.com/wordpress, along with other books that I singled
out from Amazon that might be useful to you. One is Jeffrey Zeldman's
Designing with Web Standards.
I also recommend starting to look into Open Source products, like Typo3,
Mambo and other Open Source Content Management systems.
Web designers need to learn how to design around open source module
For example, Movable Type, Wordpress and other blog systems are all open
source CMS tools. A web designer is going to need to think about how to
create templates based on the functionality of these CMS systems. The
ones I mentioned are php/mySql, but there are other that are Java, ASP
and JSP as well.
A good resource to get open source CMS tools is opensourcecms.com.
I have yet to find a book that teaches you how to actually think about
design, fontography and layout, then bring you into HTML production,
then bring you along into database integration. Since all these methods
are disparate from each other, but depend on each other, most books
usually focus on how to's rather than to think creatively.
Maybe I'm wrong, I don't know, but believe me, I've been looking.
In the local Barnes Noble, there have been many books published that
you can find in the Graphic Design section, which showcase high end web
design. That may also be a place to look as well.
Laura Carlson [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote on 11/26/2005, 01:04:35 AM:
I've been asked if there are useful university-focused
textbooks or other resources suitable for teaching
accessible web design.
As Lloyd and Matthew mentioned Joe Clark's Building Accessible
Websites, New Riders Publishing, 2002 is well worth considering.
I have been using it for the web accessibility classes that I teach.
The Clark book does not assume the reader understands the basics of web
accessibility. I specifically chose it because of that and because it
goes beyond simply repeating the party line from the World Wide Web
Consortium (W3C) or Section 508. That is one of the purposes of the
classes - to not just read the specifications, but actively engage
them. Challenge, dissect, understand, and learn what makes the most
sense. Also Joe put the whole book online so if students don't want
to purchase it for the class they don't have too. However, the soft
cover version of the online book has screen shots and images. The
online version does not.
The Web Design Reference  is a huge online mega-reference (over
3,000 links) of information and articles about web design and
development that you might find useful. It has a full section on books
 as well as online resources (accessibility, CSS, usability, web
standards, and many related topics are covered).
You might also find the Web Design Update Newsletter  helpful. It is
a plain text email digest that typically goes out once a week as an
adjunct to the site.
All the Best,
Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN 55812-3009