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Preparing for Week 2

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Hi Everyone,

Please remember to submit your writing assignment reflecting on last week's discussion.

It's time to start getting ready for week two. You should be thinking about your projects and drawing pictures, you won't have to share your sketches and wireframes in class until week three, but it's a good idea to get started now. In addition to drawing up some wireframes you should begin to try and locate the datasets that you'd like to use if you haven't already. If you're having difficulty finding what you need, please post a discussion topic so that we can help you find appropriate data.

To prepare for week two's class, I'd like you to read a bit about web standards, how the web works, and basic tools. If you're already experienced with HTML/CSS, I'd still like for you to at least skim over the materials and move on to some more advanced reading that I've noted below. It looks like there is a lot to read, but it's not so bad. Try and pace yourselves and read through a little each day. Remember you can always ask for help in our chat room #p2pu-open-web on (

You might want to try and work on a sample webpage as you read through the materials, it will help you understand better. Please come to class with questions, I'm depending on you to tell me what needs further explanation and examples.

If you have a tough time understanding, just do your best and we'll help you with your questions in class. If this stuff is too easy for you, go out and find something to learn and share in class.


Required Reading
'Introduction to the World of Web Standards' at

'HTML Basics'

'CSS Basics'

Suggested Reading
'Web Design Concepts'

Advanced (for those of you already comfortable with HTML/CSS)
'JavaScript core skills' at