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Week 09: Web Authoring Part 1

Lecturer: Gavan McCarthy
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Date: 6 Oct 2004 1pm
Location: Old Arts Theatre B
Analysis and exploration of systems, tools and trends in the development of the Web. Look at models for delivery of authoritative web content.

Lecture Notes

Tutorial Exercises

Web Design
  • What are the principles of good web design? How should 'digital design' differ from 'print design'?
  • How does web design impact on the discoverability, authority and trustworthiness of a resource?
  • Why are frames problematic?

Lab Exercise

  • Select a web resource from each of the following sectors - government, private enterprise, personal/hobby. For each resource assess how well it meets usability standards, principles of good web design and the functional requirements for web design. What are the implications of failing to meet these requirements? Do the implications differ for different sectors?
  • Begin your preparation for the project assignment by searching for existing web resources in your chosen domain. Assess each against the four Cs of citability, coherance, communicability and compliance. Also assess what technologies are being employed - e.g. static or dynamic pages, use of databases, search functionality, etc.

Review Questions

  1. What is the host computer/path/fragment or query portions of the following URLs? Describe the URLs in language that a human could understand.
    • http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au
    • http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/teaching/tfac/course/L000008b.htm
    • http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/116.html#478
    • http://barney.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bs/bssearch.php3?sname=&cname=&scifield=&bdateinf=1950&bdatesup=2001
    • http://barney.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bs/bssearch.php3?sname=&cname=&scifield=&bdateinf=1950&bdatesup=2001

  2. Define the following terms - root directory, absolute reference, relative reference
  3. Are URLS from the discussion forum of WebRaft citable?
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Conference Papers

  • Berners-Lee, Tim, 'Hypertext and Our Collective Destiny', in "As We May Think" -- A Celebration of Vannevar Bush's 1945 Vision, An Examination of What Has Been Accomplished, and What Remains to Be Done, 12-13 October 1995, http://www.w3.org/Talks/9510_Bush/Talk.html.



Resource Sections

Prepared by: Joanne Evans
Created: 5 June 2000
Modified: 22 July 2004

Published by Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre on AustehcWeb, 2000 - 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: tfac@austehc.unimelb.edu.au
Updated: 22 July 2004

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