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Artdm171 Week2: History of the Web



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  • "Yet we are trained to ignore another form of governmental intervention that also made the Internet possible. This is the regulation that assured that the platforform upon which the Internet was built would not turn against it." p44, Future of Ideas, Lessig, L.

    Question: What can we interpret from Lessig’s final sentence in the reading, “Freedom thus enhanced the social value of the controlled…”?

    Question: How does our understanding of the Language of the Internet, both code and content, affect how we design for it and how we use it? Think about the RFC’s (request for comments in the design of the protocol.)
  • Content is at the Core
    • Code a page with no tags – content comes through
    • Easy to create Web pages
    • Linear format, top to bottom


  • 1. ARTDM 171, Week 2: History of the Web Gilbert Guerrero
  • 2. Homework due today • Read Intro and Ch.1 of the Dreamweaver textbook • Read p.26-48 in The Future of Ideas • Post a comment on the blog
  • 3. “Freedom thus enhanced the social value of the controlled…”  
  • 4. Web Basics Open the web page excerpt.html on the blog
  • 5. HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) • HTML is at the core • Final product displayed in the browser  PHP, ASP, etc. are processed into HTML  JavaScript becomes and interacts with HTML  HTML pages are text files
  • 6. HTML is designed to do three things • Formatting text into paragraphs, bold, italics, bullets, etc. • Inclusion of images • Hyperlinking
  • 7. HTTP and HTML • Basic protocols of the World Wide Web • Specify how the Web will serve content and how browsers will retrieve content • Web browsers can handle other protocols, or interconnnect
  • 8. WWW is in the Public Domain • Free to use • Decentralized • Accessible • Visible code • Easy to learn (copy + paste + modify)
  • 9. HTML Reference •
  • 10. Dreamweaver Basics And other survival techniques
  • 11. Dreamweaver first steps • Always “define a site” when working in Dreamweaver, and manage class files • Expand/Collapse Button • Use the Window menu • Workspaces • Panels • Tabs • Unsaved files * • Save All • Preview in Browser
  • 12. Homework, due Sept 1 • Read Chapter 2: Starting your first site • Setup an account at • Read Chapter 3: Building your first page  • Create a Web page using Dreamweaver: • Heading • At least two paragraphs   • Link colors other than the default • Font faces and sizes • See you next week!