Lab Assignment 2. Resource Site
A web site is comprised of multiple web pages. These are linked to each other, and may be linked to other information and sites as well. A web site raises issues of organization and navigation that are more complicated than those of a single page. In this project you will go through these steps:
- Compile a user profile either by interviewing a real person or creating a fictional profile. This will be written in prose and should be about 500 words. Think of it as a verbal snapshot or portrait of a person.
- Establish specific information needs according to the user profile: activities, interests, preferences, concerns, etc. of the individual (Do they ski? Collect baseball cards? Travel to Chicago? Have a health issue? Musical tastes? Car care needs? Educational interests?). This will be a list of topics and interest areas.
- Create a front page that has a navigation menu. This will be an ordered list in which order and selection are important.
- Create a specific set of resource pages (at least 3 additional pages) for the most important or interesting areas of activity or interest. This will be a research project and involve decisions about relative importance and value of information and sources.
- Make the web site. This will involve designing the pages, HTML code, writing the pages, and linking the resources.
The challenges in this project are:
- Distilling the user profile into an information profile
- Organizing the information profile into an itemized menu in a way that suits the user’s needs
- Creating a solid base of resources from web sources (finding, vetting, selecting)
- Designing a web site that presents this information in a user-friendly format that is suitable for the content
Get started by creating the user profile. This cannot be YOU, it must be someone else. Preferably, this is a real person whom you know, such as a family member for whom this could actually work and be helpful, but if you prefer creative writing, go for it.
The site should be a minimum of four individual pages. The index page for the site should be located in a subdirectory of your mdst110 directory, so that the index.html reads as follows:
Give the other files any names you wish. All these files should be linked on the index.html page.
Project timeline: Your Resource Site is to be finished and submitted by the beginning of lab during the week of October 11.