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Feedback and left to do

Thanks Claire, Lucy and Hezzie for your valuable feedback. I need to make sure the browser resize works – wish I had done this upfront but I think I need to add a page div and use percentages. This may stuff up some of the work already but we shall see, otherwise alternative is to use javascript – I think!!

Then I need to finish off adding in all the content of the book descriptions.

I liked the scrumpled up paper idea for prettying up the ‘About’ section of my site that Lucy gave me and on the book description screens I need to either make the background have an opacity to lighten it for the text to come through or put a layer behind the text to make it stand out away from the background.

I want to also write on some more blogs of my classmates.

Then write report – eeeeekk!

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June 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What I included and what I trashed…

During the building phase of my project, I have realised what I have time for and what I don’t have time for. I gave up some of the things I thought I could do without sacrificing the overall learning goals I set for myself. I have been enjoying styling my website with CSS and I have found a way to make the images on my site hover with CSS rather than using Javascript.

This link was the basis of the image hover and I tweaked it for my own purposes http://www.dynamicdrive.com/style/csslibrary/item/css-image-gallery/ – I found Javascript to be too hard to learn for me in a short space of time.

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Useful website design tecnniques

This is a useful website to get out of my perspective and take advice from the user’s side http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/15/10-useful-techniques-to-improve-your-user-interface-designs/. I couldn’t incorporate all of these techniques but used the advice on colour and making sure there is space between letters to make my text more readable on my site. The website shows how small changes can effect the usability of your website and that paying attention to the detail can pay off.

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Javascript

I have watched the video for tomorrow and I understand the premise behind Javascript and when someone describes it slowly to me I can get it but when I look at a line of code, it confuses me. Lucky I didn’t pick it as a large part of my project, not sure if I will use it at all. I know it can do loads of cool interactive things and that it is good practise to have an external file to accommodate people who have not enabled it – so that the code is not embedded into the html. But I think it would take me ages to be a wizz at Javascript. Funnily enough php seems more logical to me!

Does anyone else feel this way about Javascript?

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

CSS Positioning

I haven’t blogged for a bit, I have been experimenting, building and researching all at once.

I am developing my final project and I am playing around with CSS positioning – fixed, absolute and relative, to position information on my website.

Fixed position is fixing the position of an element so that when the user scrolls it stays in that same position.

Relative positioned element can be used for container blocks – as they are relative to their normal position. Absolute positioned elements are removed from the normal flow (default page behaviour) and are absolute to the first parent element (can be the relative positioned element). This link describes it well http://bavotasan.com/tutorials/absolute-and-relative-positions-in-css/.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Colour

Just discovered a cool site to create and experiment with colour themes. Pretty funky – check it out!

http://kuler.adobe.com/#themes/rating?time=0

April 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Experimenting

Yesterday I experimented with CSS, just creating a simple css file and styled a heading. I played with the margins and used the web developer tool to instantly see the changes to the css code. Today I am going to play some more.

There is so much to learn and do. I can understand the reason why we do a systems plan and create some wireframes as I need to understand how many columns I will have in my website and the layout before I figure out how to do. It helps you plan out the way the website looks.

I have seen this job I want to apply for and thought that this could be  simple exercise for me to improve my xhtml and css code skills but creating my resume and application as a website.

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Reflections on Macro/Micro Analysis

Just wanted to reflect on my experience doing my micro/macro analysis. I found the referencing the thing that stumped me a little bit as I have not done this in a long time and felt rusty.

I looked at both Harvard style and Bell referencing and felt that the examples were hard to adjust to my assignment and I wasn’t sure on which way to reference some in text especially with websites. I feel I wasted too much time worrying whether I was doing it correctly and not enough on the material.

I did learn more about the technologies and found that there is so much to understand about these technologies.

Can anyone help me with this or explain in a simple way how to reference websites in text?

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

CSS

Went for a walk in the zen garden today. What a great site and it helps you to understand the potential that css has on website design.

After last night’s lecture I looked up the resources for the lecture and investigated floating and delved into this site http://css.maxdesign.com.au/floatutorial, which is great for step-by-step ways of floating images for a thumbnail gallery and for next and back buttons which will help me for my project. What I liked about this site was how it would outline the html code and css code in one place, so you could see how they related to each other.

Then found this website http://friendlybit.com/css/beginners-guide-to-css-and-standards/ as a great introductory guide into how css works and the definitions of selectors – element, class and id. I wanted to understand how these worked in css and feel that I am beginning to really understand how css is used and its potential. It has great flexibility, which the zen garden also showed me.

I think I now need to actually experiment with css in the web developer tool and start to make some css files so I can understand better how I can use this for my final project.

Went for a walk in the zen garden today. What a great site and it helps you to understand the potential that css has on website design.

Then found this as a great introductory guide into how css works and the definitions of selectors – element, class and id. I wanted to understand how these worked in css and feel that I am beginning to really understand how css is used and its potential. It has great flexibility, which the zen garden also showed me.

http://friendlybit.com/css/beginners-guide-to-css-and-standards/

I think I now need to actually experiment with css in the web developer tool and start to make some css files so I can understand better how I can use this for my final project.

After last night’s lecture I looked up the resources for the lecture and investigated floating and delved into this site http://css.maxdesign.com.au/floatutorial/, which is great for step-by-step ways of floating images for a thumbnail gallery and for next and back buttons which will help me for my project. What I liked about this site was how it would outline the xhtml code and css code in one place, so you could see how they related to each other.

April 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Class 23rd March 2010 – php

I have finally got internet connection back at home. I was having to go into uni to do research and work and it is not the quietest place to do that! I found Tuesday’s class good as we could do a practical and try to figure out for ourselves where we go wrong. I have to say thanks to Margaret for helping me out – I thought we had to try to make the precise date in the slides – how silly! But I quickly got the hang the php lesson and understood what the letters represented and set about doing a trial and error on the ones I thought were correct. I eventually got the correct date and time combination.

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment