Week 7

Week 7 (10.03.09) covered the topic of Customer Feedback.  Creating a Feedback form and validating form using D/W extension.

ASP code  (Active Server Pages) Microsoft technology

PHP technology  (Pre Hypertext Processor)  Open source software

CGI scripts (Common Gateway Information)  Unix

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Week 6

Week 6 (03.03.09)covered Quicktime movies and Scroller bar.
Double click (Insert) Quicktime movie extension (Macromedia Extension Manager) – Common (dropdown) – Quicktime movie
Single click explorer icon next to it – Save
F12 (Bar appears with wording and Click X here for options)
Click Allow blocked – Yes – No.
Scroller bar http://www.freewebmasterhelp.com

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Week 5

Week 5 (24.02.09) covered using LyteBox to display images online..  We learned how to use a compressed file (ie unzip a file), use Adobe Photoshop to duplicate and resize images and then save for the Web.  We then had a refresher of Dreamweaver to display the images.

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Week 4

Due to snow last week (02.03.09) the class was cancelled, therefore this Tuesday (10.02.09) becomes the 4th lesson, after which next week  (17.02.09) is Half-Term.

The 4th lesson on 10 February 2009 comprised of building a Folder Structure, viz:

Site name / Studio /
Designs (Contains PSD designs, Site Map etc)
Material (Contains Source Original Images, Text, Documents etc)
Images (Documents.htm , Style.CSS)
Media (Contains video clips)

The classroom exercise consisted of starting a design in a Graphic Package and gathering material etc.

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Week 3

Week 3 of the BBW course consisted of me making a sketch of my Homepage.

Our Tutor showed us how to plan and design a page using Photoshot or Fireworks, with the aid of gridlines (which are not visible when published).  I hope to be practicing this in class the following week as I do not have these software packages at home.

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Week 2

This is the 2nd week of the 10-week course.

Complete the Questionnaire.  Write about Information Architecture.

What is information architecture

Information architecture is the term used to describe the structure of a system, i.e the way information is grouped, the navigation methods and terminology used within the system.

It is the cohesive structure that brings all the pieces of a website together in a uniform manner. After the strategic plan, information architecture is the single most important element driving website success.

 An effective information architecture enables people to step logically through a system confident they are getting closer to the information they require.

 Most people only notice information architecture when it is poor and stops them from finding the information they require.

 Information architecture is most commonly associated with websites and intranets, but it can be used in the context of any information structures or computer systems.


 The art and science of organizing and labeling web sites, intranets, online communities and software to support findability and usability.  The term information architecture describes a specialized skill set which relates to the interpretation of information and expression of distinctions between signs and systems of signs. It has some degree of origin in the library sciences. Many schools with library and information science departments teach information architecture.  

 The evolution of information architecture

 The term “information architecture” was first coined by Richard Saul Wurman in 1975. Wurman was trained as an architect, but became interested in the way information is gathered, organised and presented to convey meaning. Wurman’s initial definition of information architecture was “organising the patterns in data, making the complex clear”.

The term was largely dormant until in 1996 it was seized upon by a couple of library scientists, Lou Rosenfeld and Peter Morville. They used the term to define the work they were doing structuring large-scale websites and intranets.

 In Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites they define information architecture as:

·                     The combination of organisation, labelling, and navigation schemes within an information system.

·                     The structural design of an information space to facilitate task completion and intuitive access to content.

·                     The art and science of structuring and classifying web sites and intranets to help people find and manage information.

·                     An emerging discipline and community of practice focused on bringing principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape.




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Week 1

This is the first evening of my 10-week Building a business website course, starting on Tuesday 13 January 2009.

I created my own blog and linked to other students’ blogs.

The Web Development Process (complete a questionnaire to help focus on the project; Write a Client Brief).

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