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ENGW 3332: Writing Online

Week 5: Working with Media; Advanced CSS Techniques

Now that each of you have your own WordPress installation on our new “sandbox” website, you should be getting familiar with the WordPress dashboard, the difference between posts and pages, and the process of installing themes and plugins. If you run into problems or find yourself confused, you’ll probably be able to find help in the WordPress Codex or the WordPress Forums. (Bookmark those two sites! They will be your best friends during Unit #2.) Of course, I’m available to help out during office hours, too, so come see me if you’re feeling lost.

During Week 5, we will catch up on the image workshop that got postponed on Thursday, then we will spend some time reviewing CSS techniques for positioning content. Here’s the day-by-day plan:

  • On Tuesday, we will review Hours 10, 11, and 12 in the Sams book. (You already read Hours 10 and 11 last week, but you may want to quickly skim them again.) In class, we will practice finding and adapting images and videos for use on the web. Your only other homework assignment for the weekend is to finalize your choice of document for the Unit #2 project. If you plan to use the default document (the SEU Undergraduate Bulletin), you don’t need to do anything special; however, if you want to use another document, please submit it to me via email before you come to class on Tuesday.
  • On Thursday, we will review Hours 14 and 15 in the Sams book. For some of you, these chapters will feel like a basic review, but if you are fuzzy on any of the concepts, you’ll need to spend some quality time with the textbook and your computer before you come to class. For some of you, it won’t be enough just to do the readings; you’ll need to download the source code and follow the step-by-step exercises in the book. When you come to class on Thursday, you should have a firm grasp on the “box model” and CSS positioning.

If you want to talk about any of these plans, just let me know. Otherwise, have a great weekend!

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