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Business and Information Technology Education
Web Authoring Languages
This course introduces students to (X)HTML, emphasizing semantic use of elements and the benefits of using standards-based, valid code. The use of CSS is discussed to separate content from presentation in order to decrease maintenance time, speed up development, improve download speed, and design capabilities. Students will employ web standards concepts to create a website that uses global style sheets. (This course can be substituted with Fundamentals of Web Design).
Carrie DeMuth
Fundamentals of Technology OR Business and Computer Technology
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

(X)HTML Syntax:

- Use the following tags to build a web page and identify their semantic meaning: html, head, title, body, a, p, blockquote, br, div, span, strong, em, acronym, abbr, ul, li, ol, dl, dt, dd, img, table, caption, summary, thead, tfoot, tbody, tr, td, comment.
- Build a webpage that successfully passes the W3C validation test at
- Identify the appropriate use of attributes and the syntax of attributes.

Basic Web Design Concepts:

-Identify and use the following design concepts: contrast repetition, alignment, proximity, color, typography, writing style.


- Identify and describe the appropriate use of the HTML and XHTML DOCTYPES for Strict, Transitional and Frameset.

(X)HTML Validation:

- Successfully change invalid markup to comply with standards.
- Identify why validation is not an absolute requirement in all situations.

(X)HTML Best Practices:

- Use CSS for all presentation. Omit any presentational HTML attributes such as font, valign, hspace, align, bgcolor.
- Use tables for the presentation of tabular information only. Use summary, caption, col, row, header, and other table elements and attributes to insure that tables are accessible. Borders width spacing, alignment, background, and other presentational options for tables should be set with CSS.
Use labels with form elements.

CSS: The Cascade:

- Identify how inheritance and specificity affect CSS rule conflicts.
-Use the Cascade to create effective presentational elements.
- Describe where and when to use inline styles.
- Explain the differences between using link and @import to connect to an external style sheet.
- Use correct CSS syntax to configure and apply style sheets for screen and print media display.

CSS: Selectors and Properties:

- Recognize and use element selectors, ID selectors, pseudo-class selectors, and descendant selectors.
- Apply the following CSS properties: background, border, clear, color, float, font, height, line-height, list-style, margin, overflow, padding, position, text-align, text-indent, width.

Site Structure:

- Create a maintainable directory structure for a website that follows file naming requirements, and makes managing files efficient.
- Demonstrate and use correct file paths for relative and absolute links.
- Recognize the relationship between local and remote site structure.
- Use FTP to transfer files to a server.


- Construct a contact form that will demonstrate the use of input fields, text areas, radio buttons, checkboxes, select menus, and submit buttons.
- Illustrate proper use of the label element with ‘id’ and ‘for’ attributes.
(Select from the following)

Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW):
- CIW Site Development Associate

WOW Academy:
- WOW Certified Web Designer Apprentice

- HTML Developer

Brainbench (two tests required):
Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) -

WOW Academy

Learning Web Design, ISBN 978-0596527525

Build Your Own Website the Righ Way using HTML & CSS, ISBN 978-0980455274

New Perspectives on Blended HTML, XHTML, and CSS: Introductory, ISBN 9780538746335

Web Development and Design Foundations with XHTML, ISBN 9780321530196

Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML, ISBN 978-0-596-10197-9

Beginning CSS Web Development From Novice to Professional, ISBN 1-59059-689-7

The Non-Designer’s Web Book, Third Edition, ISBN 0-321-30337-7 Online Training Library

CIW Training Materials (Site Development Foundations)
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