Claire Fant, Instructor
My name is Claire Fant, and I am the instructor for VCT 170 – Introduction to web design using HTML (HyperText Markup Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and Adobe Dreamweaver. The learning resources we will be using are, HTML & CSS by Jon Duckett, lynda.com and the web in general.
When I first learned how to lay out and build web sites, we graphic designers would use mostly images and HTML tables and cells to position those images on the page. At the time they worked pretty well for simple layouts. However, as layout designs grew more complex, using tables and cells for positioning became unwieldy, and updating content for multiple pages became time-consuming. Also, the web evolved in the ways it delivered information.
As the web continued to evolve with different types of sites that required frequent updating or any kind of content management, it made sense to the web design/development community that utilizing web standards was the best way to accommodate future changes. An important tenet of web standards is the separation of content and presentation. HTML defines the semantic or meaningful structure of content and CSS defines its presentation. These form the foundation upon which websites are built. Adobe Dreamweaver is an authoring tool that has become an industry standard for those designers who prefer a graphical approach to building websites that adhere to web standards. However, you will still need to familiarize yourself with code. There is no way around it—even with Dreamweaver.
Resources – HTML/CSS-related articles and tutorials
Below are some resource websites that web designers use to pace with the latest developments in the profession.