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Build a Website – The Power of Documentation

So far, you have learned a lot of different HTML, CSS, and JavaScript commands. How are you going to remember all of those commands? That’s where documentation comes in! Check it out to learn how you can rely on documentation to focus on creating an awesome website rather than memorizing all the details.

To earn points, watch the video and fill in the blank:

“A document explains how to program in a particular language and environment with ____________ and gotchas, so if we can’t remember the exact details, no worries – we can just look it up!”

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Build a Website – W3Schools

The rules for creating websites changes over time. Browsers get more features, and new tools become available to website creators.

W3Schools is one of the largest web development sites on the internet, full of tutorials and references for all the languages used to create websites, including HTML and CSS.

Visit W3Schools to take a look at HTML and CSS more closely. To earn points, tell us what is missing if we want to center the text using CSS:

div  {
font-family: “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;
background-color:#0000FF;
_________________;
}

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Build a Website – Start with HTML

Every webpage you look at is written in a language called HTML. Think of HTML as the skeleton that gives every webpage structure.

The good news is there are many ways to learn HTML for free! Visit Codecademy to learn the building blocks of web development with HTML and CSS.

To earn points, complete at least the first 10 lessons of Codecademy’s HTML Basics. When you make it to lesson 11 which shows you how to add images, you see that the HTML image tag adds a picture of what to the page?

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Graphic Design – Comic Sans

Comic Sans has the unique distinction of being one of the most hated typefaces, but despite this reputation, it represents a revolution in graphic design and plays an important role in our culture.

A Defense of Comic Sans

The Comic Sans Song

To earn points, watch these perspectives on Comic Sans, and tell us what you think. What did you learn about font and typesetting? Were you surprised by the history of Comic Sans? How do you feel about the use of Comic Sans? Is there a font you hate more?

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Graphic Design – The Universal Arts

Though often overlooked, graphic design surrounds us: it is the signs we read, the products we buy, and the rooms we inhabit. Watch this video to learn how graphic designers use the languages of type and imagery to impact our lives.

To earn points, watch the video and fill in the blank:

“We use graphic design now in many ways to convey who we are as people, to define affiliations, to signal __________.”