I’ve just finished reading the opening chapter of the text. I’m pretty excited to be starting another class towards my +30 (after this course, I’ll be at +12!). The chapter offered a flashback to HTML (I loved BBEdit), and an explanation of new web authoring technologies that I’ve fallen behind on.
XHTML- eXtensible HTML has taken the place of HTML. It is very similar, but has a stricter format (yay!) and follows SML syntax rules.
Roundtrip XHTML- permits the author to easily move between DW and another text editor with little to no change to the code.
- requires all opening tags to have a closing tag
- all element and attribute tags are in lower case
- attribute values must be contained within quotes
- empty tags should be written with a space and a slash at the end of the tag (to close)
- more structured than HTML, which allows one document to be viewed on multiple devices (browsers, cell phones, PDAs, etc) by creating different style sheets for each device.
XHTML is HTML reformatted using the syntax of XML
- no spaces
- avoid capital letters (will need to remember to use a capital letter if linking to the page)
- avoid illegal characters
CSS- Cascading Style Sheets
- used to separate the presentation of a page from its structure
Presentation- how a page looks
Structure- the meaning of the page’s content
Dreamweaver uses CS3 by default for setting page properties (background color, image, default text colors, page margins, etc.)
XML- system for customizing web content that must follow a set of specific syntax rules
- has serious cross-platform issues, because the behind the scenes code is supported differently between browsers.
Web Application0 web site that delivers dynamic data instead of static data that has to be updated manually (i.e. Amazon, eBay) aka- data-driven, database-driven and dynamic sites
Objects, commands and behaviors are widely shared throughout the Dreamweaver community.