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Web Standards Course, Week by Week

Updated: Sat Feb-05-2005 11:20

Week 1) Feb.1 - Feb.7


PUT UP the BLOG and PLAN THE COURSE
1. Set up youthtopia.net (blog) on Blogger
2. Add links to outside blogs and sites for xhtml, css, web standards, other
3. work with Dr. Cramer to develop the course
4. "sharpen the tools" -- html kit (html editor), irfanview (for images), blogger tweaks.

Week 2) Feb.8 - Feb.14


FOCUS ON CONTENT
5. plan the site content categories
6. review principles of Information Architecture
7. make a site map
8. First Draft of Outline of final paper (based on this Course Plan)
9. make notes for final paper, and update youthtopia.net blog (Saturday by 5 p.m.)

Week 3) Feb.15 - Feb.21


STUDY WEB STANDARDS PRACTICE
10. Read Web Standards Solutions (Cederholm) pages 1-80
11. Experiment with the CSS recipes
12. update notes for final paper, and update youthtopia.net blog (Saturday by 5 p.m.)

Week 4) Feb. 22 - Feb.28


Continue: STUDY WEB STANDARDS PRACTICE
13. Read Web Standards Solutions (Cederholm) pages 81-164
14. Experiment with the CSS recipes
15. update notes for final paper, and update youthtopia.net blog (Saturday by 5 p.m.)

Week 5) Mar.1 - Mar. 7


Continue: STUDY WEB STANDARDS PRACTICE
16. Read Web Standards Solutions (Cederholm) pages 165-253
17. Experiment with the CSS recipes
18. Second Draft of Outline of final paper
19. update notes for final paper, and update youthtopia.net blog (Saturday by 5 p.m.)

Week 6) Mar.8 to Mar.14


FOCUS on USABILITY
20. Read Nielsen books and other articles
21. Create user identities: Who will be using my site, and for what purposes?
22. Devise my own 20 Usability Principles
23. update notes for final paper, update youthtopia.net blog (Saturday by 5 p.m.)

Week 7) Mar.15 to Mar.21


DESIGN and then PUT UP THE SITE
24. Choose a CSS Page Style (how many columns?), Typography, Colors
25. Review Usability Principles created last week
26. Put up the website (youthtopia.com), all the pages, but not all the content
27. Test all links, and add a Google search box
28. Try for the W3C icons for XHTML and CSS validity
29. update notes for final paper, update youthtopia.net blog (Saturday by 5 p.m.)

Week 8) Mar.22 - Mar.28


USABILITY SURVEY 1, and FIND CONTENT SOURCES
30. Design a Usability Survey-Questionnaire (see Dr. Cramer's document)
31. Send it out
32. Work on Finding Sources for Content, and putting the links on one page
33. update notes for final paper, update youthtopia.net blog (Saturday by 5 p.m.)

Week 9) Mar.29 - Apr.4


STUDY WEB STANDARDS THEORY
34. Read Designing With Web Standards (Zeldman) pages 1-140
35. update notes for final paper, update youthtopia.net blog (Saturday by 5 p.m.)

Week 10) Apr.5 - Apr.11


STUDY WEB STANDARDS THEORY
36. Read Designing With Web Standards (Zeldman) pages 141-272
37. update notes for final paper, update youthtopia.net blog (Saturday by 5 p.m.)

Week 11) Apr.12 - Apr.18


STUDY WEB STANDARDS THEORY
38. Read Designing With Web Standards (Zeldman) pages 273-436
39. update notes for final paper, update youthtopia.net blog (Saturday by 5 p.m.)

Week 12) Apr.19 - Apr.25


SITE UPDATES
40. Based on user-testing feedback, update the site
41. Based on Zeldman book ideas, update the site
42. Add content
43. update notes for final paper, update youthtopia.net blog (Saturday by 5 p.m.)

Week 13) Apr.26 - May 2


USABILITY SURVEY 2, and LEARN 508 Compliance
44. Send out Usability Survey 2
45. Learn about 508 Compliance
46. Add Content
47. update notes for final paper, update the youthtopia.net blog

Week 14) May 3 - May 9


SITE UPDATES, and LEARN 508 Compliance
48. update site based on user-feedback from Survey 2
49. Learn more about 508 Compliance
50. add more content
51. update notes for final paper, update youthtopia.net blog

Week 15) May 10 - May 16


UPDATE SITE for 508 COMPLIANCE
52. Update Site for 508 Compliance. Test.
53. Add Content to site
54. Begin Outline of Final Paper
55. Discuss Final paper with Dr. Cramer
56. update notes for final paper, update youthtopia.net blog

Week 16) May 17 - May 23


FINAL PAPER
57. Work on and Complete Final Paper
58. Add Content to site
59. update youthtopia.net blog
60. Turn in Final Paper