Well, it feels like it has been a busy week. I feel like I have gotten a lot accomplished and most of it is with this class. I have created two basic HTML pages, set up my Dreamweaver FTP, taken a quiz, bought DnD Commander, done some stuff for the Video Editing course, and a few other things (mostly moving furniture). That said, I still have a ways to go: I need to finish this post, review some Lynda videos, get started on a Video Editing project, sketch out a couple of pictures, help install some truck brakes, and I am sure I am forgetting more so I will have to review all my course schedules. Thank God it’s Friday. Alright, enough of that; what I learned this week relevant to this class:
A lot, lets just say: basic-tags
And while that may cover pretty much everything I learned about HTML tags, allow me to sum up some “rules”
Nesting= tags inside tags= <tag a><tag b>text</tag b></tag a> and they have to be closed in the proper order too.
Spaces= space bar, return, tab, etc.= they don’t amount to a hill of beans between tags
meta charset= “character set”= the alphabet, numbers, symbols, and all of those characters. “utf-8” supports many of them but there are a few fancy characters that it won’t support which show up as placeholder squares.
Oh and do not forget to close any tags you open or else you might scramble a nicely made omelet. Not a very apt analogy, because you can’t unscamble an omelet but if you find the missing close tag you can fix that in a second.
Some other stuff
I could talk about setting up the FTP on Dreamweaver, but to be honest, I didn’t really learn much from that; I just followed instructions. I could probably do it again but that’s about it, I hope Lynda teaches me more.
I read Chapter 2 of the book “The Principles of Beautiful Web Design” by Jason Beaird (he can be pretty funny) which was all about colours and color theory. What I learned from that is that it may be simpler to just talk about colors that shouldn’t be used together. Beaird talks about Analogous, Complimentary, Monochromatic, Achromatic, Split-Complimentary, Triadic, Tetradic, and variations there-of then he talks about the rule breaking color schemes that shouldn’t rightfully work, but then there is the whole “it is a matter of personal aesthetics”. The bit about assembling various colored objects for the client at the end was really interesting and possibly a good practice to adopt, I really liked that he included that in the book. I was also excited when he covered the hexidecimal color values, because it was something I had always wondered about but never got around to looking it up on the glorious Internet resource, and I was surprised at how simple Beaird made it sound. I love learning something like that. Always.