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WRA 210 February 24, 2011

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  3. 3. TODAY<br />Announcements<br />Module 4<br />More on Module 3<br />Discussion of Color Readings<br />Activity<br />Homework/Exit question<br />
  4. 4. ANNOUNCEMENTS<br />I know a few of you are done already, but for the large number of you who didn’t want to talk about it in class but were semi-freaked on Twitter, I’m going to move the due date to next Tuesday, March 1st. <br />Later in class we’re going to do a little more with Photoshop to sort of give you a sense of how the project can be completed.<br />
  5. 5. MOD 4<br />But first, we need to get moving toward Module 4. This module, like Mod 3, is meant to be done solo (as is all the work from here on out) and will ask you to look carefully at some code. <br />This module is due on March 15th. That’s a carved-in-stone deadline because we need to get started working with code. So pace yourself. <br />
  6. 6. WHAT MOD 4 IS<br />Module 4 is going to ask you to look at the source code for a number of pages. While you’re doing this, you will be creating two things:<br />1) A 1-2 page summary of what you learn. This should be your reflection, so I cannot offer an example that will work for all of you, but think about what you discover in the process.<br />2) A glossary of any terms, tags, etc. you didn’t know before (as you should be looking them up—this will give you a place to record them)<br />
  7. 7. WHAT TO LOOK AT<br />You should look at a total of 3 websites. <br />The site you used for Module 2<br />a major media outlet (CNN, ESPN, USA Today, FOX News, etc.) <br />one that is a site—other than Facebook (the code of Facebook is something for another discussion) – that you read frequently<br />
  8. 8. WHAT TO DO<br />Go to the “view” menu and select “page source. This will display the HTML code for the page you’re looking at. The first time you do this, you might want to just give yourself a few minutes to read the document and try to get a sense of how it works. Hopefully some of our readings have assisted you in getting off to a start, but this will likely be the first time you’ve come face to face with code.<br />Then you want to ask four questions. <br />
  9. 9. Q 1<br />Look at the coding of the site. Look specifically at and for tags. <br />How is the information organized and labeled?<br />
  10. 10. Q 2<br />How are links presented? <br />How are images presented?<br />What information exists IN THE CODE to correspond to where these things appear on the page in the browser?<br />
  11. 11. Q 3<br />Which tags or terms appear most often? <br />Why do you think that is?<br />
  12. 12. Q 4<br />Does it appear that there is a lot of information included in the code of the page, or does it appear that there is relatively little that isn’t part of the actual “in browser” content?<br />
  13. 13. IT’LL BE GRADED<br />1) Does your summary address all of the issues (A-D) for each of the sites you studied? (50  points)<br />2) Does your write-up articulate well what you’ve learned from this activity? (25 points)<br />3) Is your glossary a useful document with carefully defined and explained terms and concepts?(25 points)*<br />*after this activity, we will combine all of your glossaries into one web document that everyone in class can use as a mega-reference, so please take this part of the assignment seriously.<br />
  14. 14. Module 3<br />I think some of you might be over-thinking Module 3, or perhaps you’re fixating on trying to use one type of technology to get the assignment done. I’m going to give you another quick example. We’re going to go back to that hideous Yale Art website and see what we can do to it. <br />It’s here: http://art.yale.edu/<br />
  15. 15. SPACE SAVER<br />This is a slide to display while we’re in the other window. <br />
  16. 16. Related Activity<br />So here’s what I want you to do. You had to do some readings about color blindness today as well as about accessibility.<br />Accessibility will become very important as we move forward, but for today, we’re going to focus on the color situation. I’ve made a mock-up of a website. I want you to– using Photoshop– try to “fix” it based on what we know from our readings and using the skills you just saw me model. <br />
  17. 17. Your Task:<br />I am giving you a website and a color palette (on my Tumblr). I’m also giving you the site as it appears to a fully colorblind user. <br />Your goal is to make the site BETTER for the colorblind user while still looking good/functioning well for the typical user. You MUST use the two shades of green, though you may, if you so desire, change the accents. <br />You can choose other images, move the navigation, etc. Just make the site work better. <br />
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  21. 21. TUESDAY<br />Both Module 3 and your final project proposal are due. Don’t forget! <br />Read for class: Chapter 7 and 8 of DWS (p. 135-163)<br />We will spend almost all of class catching up on the readings from the book (activities, activities, activities)<br />

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