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Marking up the world around you part II

(Oops, I misunderstood the assignment, so I did a freestanding html file with no relation to the pictures below; that is “Week #3 assignment”. I went back and did html for each picture after getting feedback from Jamie, and those links are below.)

Please find my Week #3 assignment here:

It validated in both HTML and CSS.

Here are some marked up pictures:

(the html to go with the bus picture:

the html to go with the score picture: )

Bus markup



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Just out of curiosity, why “strong” tag instead of “b” tag?

I was wondering why, so thought this was interesting:

> I haven't quite figured out why <code><strong></code> came into use
 > instead of <code><b></code>.

For semantic reasons.  The general meaning of <b> is "stress this,"
which we display visually as enboldened print, but in a screen
reader it is spoken more loudly.  To reflect this semantic meaning
we now use <strong>.  And with CSS we can now display <strong> as,
for example red colored text rather than bold text if we wish.

Same argument goes for <i> / <em>.

(However, note that <b> and <i> are *not* deprecated and are fine
to use when we do not MEAN strong or emphasis.  For example it is
proper to use <i> for the title of a magazine article, or for
foreign terms.  In these cases we use italics not to suggest
stress, but just because that is the way Strunk and White tell us
to format them.  There is no semantic
meaning in these latter cases.)

Hope that clarifies a bit.


E. Michael Brandt

(terrytek)I have read in some places that <b> and <i> have been deprecated,
or are not yet but should be deprecated; I have had trouble find-
ing a clear answer on this.
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Dropbox test

Here is the link to our week #1 assignment:

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Reflections on week #2, or how I jumped the gun with CSS…

I learned quite a bit from this week’s assignment where we had to put tags on Jamie’s text file. Being the type A that I am 🙂 I wanted to make my text file look exactly like Jamie’s, even though I knew the indents were there to make the code read easily. But how do you indent something on a web page in this day and age? That’s right, CSS! I sort of knew this organically but wasn’t too sure; help from Jamie and sedmikrasky in the IRC chat room confirmed what I already knew and had found by googling. (Here’s the mantra, say it with me, “HTML for structure, CSS for appearance, JavaScript for behavior”). Being the curious person that I am, I then wanted to know how to indent using CSS, because I needed to indent IMMEDIATELY!! I followed a CSS tutorial at and learned that there is a CSS property called




that lets you indent. Now here’s where the major learning came in (I learn best by actually applying things I’ve learned to something I’m working on, rather than knowing it theoretically)….I read in the tutorial that the value of the margin-left property consists of a number and a unit (pixels, centimeters, inches, what have you). So I made a class “.tab” and put a value in my CSS sheet (thank you, Jamie, for showing me how to read the source code for CSS sheets):

.tab {

margin-left:60 px;


(Apologies; I can’t get the previous statement to format (indent) the way I want. I need a CSS sheet for this post!!)

and called the class in my html

<p class=”tab”>
Paragraph paragraph paragraph paragraph paragraph<br />
paragraph paragraph paragraph paragraph paragraph<br />
paragraph paragraph paragraph paragraph paragraph.

but it didn’t work!! I was so disappointed! I put other properties in my .tab class that did work, like colors, so I knew my .tab class and calling the class were okay; the problem was somewhere in my margin-left statement. Here was the problem (which took me a while to figure out): you cannot leave a space between the number and unit values in the value statement. It must read 60px, NOT 60 px.

I know we haven’t done the CSS portion of the course yet, but all you CSS newbies, don’t be frustrated by leaving a space and having your properties not be applied!! You can bet I’ll never make that mistake again 🙂 — that’s what I mean by my learning better when I actually have a problem to solve.

I thought the part of our assignment where we tag photographs of the world around us was fun, and an interesting way to look at HTML. It was especially interesting to me because I tend to see things very literally and don’t consider myself too creative, so the assignment took me out of my “comfort zone” and helped me to see HTML in a more creative light.

Looking forward to more fun learning in week 3! I really do love learning new things…


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Week #2 assignments


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Reflections on week #1–HTML and CSS from the beginning

Hello World screen capture

Hello World screen capture, week 1 assignment

(BTW, you probably all know this already, but I didn’t :)–to make the image larger and therefore viewable, double-click on it). Very excited to start the course.  Even though this week’s “Hello World” assignment was simple for someone who has had experience with HTML, I still learned something: I didn’t have any idea how to write the head of an HTML document! Even though I used Dreamweaver in the past, I still learned a fair amount of HTML because I enjoy learning new computer things, so I would “hand-write” some of the HTML in my documents so I could learn. However, Dreamweaver and other such programs insert most if not all of the stuff in the <head> of a document for you, so that was mostly new to me. I also didn’t know that <h1> tags and the like automatically insert a carriage return into your document (good to know).  Doing this simple “Hello World” document just whets my appetite for doing more complicated stuff. And the CSS stuff we’ll be learning later will be almost totally new to me, so I hope we start that section off as simply as the HTML section :=) !!


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Hi group 9!!

Hello to my group-mates in Group 9 for “HTML and CSS from the beginning”. At last, our course is starting! I’m really excited to add to my web design knowledge and bring it into the 21st century. When I first became a webmaster, web design was still table-based, which you all are probably too young to remember!! Table-based design is messy and balky, and so I am very much looking forward to learning CSS. I’ve posted comments on each of your blogs and hope you will post on mine. Talk to you soon.