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    Good morning all.

    Good morning all. Pls I need an assistant from any one that can help. I want to be a web designer, I'm asking for the necessay tools to go about it. Thank in advance

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    Pls Mr Owen, do you have any e-manual on web design?

    Greetings. Mr Owen, can you help me with a web design e-manual, pls.
    You can send it to: phil3502001@yahoo.com. Thanks

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    Hello friend;

    I will be the story-teller tonight, so you are advised to listen to me:

    Web Site Design
    A web site is a collection of information about a particular topic or subject. Designing a web site is defined as the arrangement and creation of web pages that in turn make up a web site. A web page consists of information for which the web site is developed. A web site might be compared to a book, where each page of the book is a web page.

    There are many aspects (design concerns) in this process, and due to the rapid development of the Internet, new aspects may emerge. For non-commercial web sites, the goals may vary depending on the desired exposure and response. For typical commercial web sites, the basic aspects of design are:

    1. The content: the substance, and information on the site should be relevant to the site and should target the area of the public that the website is concerned with.
    2. The usability: the site should be user-friendly, with the interface and navigation simple and reliable.
    3. The appearance: the graphics and text should include a single style that flows throughout, to show consistency. The style should be professional, appealing and relevant.
    4. The visibility: the site must also be easy to find via most, if not all, major search engines and advertisement media.

    You may easily assume any of them requires training in seperate courses. In time, you can decide to be the specialist of one of them.

    Web Developer
    A web developer is a software developer or software engineer who is specifically engaged in the development of World Wide Web applications, or distributed network applications that are run over the HTTP protocol from a web server to a web browser. Many web developers are also skilled in related areas such as web design, information architecture, usability engineering, web content management systems, web server administration, database administration, software engineering, project management, network security, and search engine optimization.

    Developers often specialize in either frontend or backend work. Frontend developers tend to focus on the client-side and typically work with technologies such as markup languages, ECMAscript and its variants (JavaScript, JScript, ActionScript), CSS, and the DOM. Backend developers usually focus on the interaction between server-side frameworks using Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, JSP, or .NET and databases. Some backend developers maintain databases directly on their web servers, while in other situations the backend developer calls data, managed by a database administrator, on an external system.

    In recent years the role of Presentation Layer Developer has evolved from the Frontend Technologist/Interface Developer role. Those previous roles specifically focused on implementing browser/client side technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. As web architecture has became more complex there has been an increased need for deeper integration with the application server.

    Some, but not all, web developers create graphics, logos, or identity, or create written, video, or audio content for a website. However, in many organizations these duties are not the responsibility of web developers, but instead are handled by web designers or web producers.

    • Markup language
    • Client-side scripting
    • Server-side scripting
    • User interface design


    These are of the issues one must consider entering into this world. Search for them seperately. Unless you're a computer engineer, regardless how talented or skillful you were, do not mess with the UI.

    Multidisciplinary requirements
    Web site design crosses multiple disciplines of information systems, information technology and communication design. The web site is an information system whose components are sometimes classified as front-end and back-end. The observable content (e.g. page layout, user interface, graphics, text, audio) is known as the front-end. The back-end comprises the organization and efficiency of the source code, invisible scripted functions, and the server-side components that process the output from the front-end. Depending on the size of a Web development project, it may be carried out by a multi-skilled individual (sometimes called a web master), or a project manager may oversee collaborative design between group members with specialized skills.

    As in collaborative designs, there are conflicts between differing goals and methods of web site designs. These are a few of the ongoing ones:

    Lack of collaboration in design
    In the early stages of the web, there wasn't as much collaboration between web designs and larger advertising campaigns, customer transactions, social networking, intranets and extranets as there is now. Web pages were mainly static online brochures disconnected from the larger projects. Many web pages are still disconnected from larger projects. Special design considerations are necessary for use within these larger projects. These design considerations are often overlooked, especially in cases where there is a lack of leadership, lack of understanding of why and technical knowledge of how to integrate, or lack of concern for the larger project in order to facilitate collaboration. This often results in unhealthy competition or compromise between departments, and less than optimal use of web pages.

    Flash
    Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia Flash) is a proprietary, robust graphics animation or application development program used to create and deliver dynamic content, media (such as sound and video), and interactive applications over the web via the browser. Many graphic artists use Flash because it gives them exact control over every part of the design, and anything can be animated and generally "jazzed up". Some application designers enjoy Flash because it lets them create applications that do not have to be refreshed or go to a new web page every time an action occurs. Flash can use embedded fonts instead of the standard fonts installed on most computers. There are many sites which forgo HTML entirely for Flash. Other sites may use Flash content combined with HTML as conservatively as gifs or jpegs would be used, but with smaller vector file sizes and the option of faster loading animations. Flash may also be used to protect content from unauthorized duplication or searching. Alternatively, small, dynamic Flash objects may be used to replace standard HTML elements (such as headers or menu links) with advanced typography not possible via regular HTML or CSS.

    Tabeless Design with CSS
    After the browser wars subsided, and the dominant browsers such as Internet Explorer became more W3C compliant, designers started turning toward CSS as an alternate means of laying out their pages. CSS proponents say that tables should be used only for tabular data, not for layout. Using CSS instead of tables also returns HTML to a semantic markup, which helps bots and search engines understand what's going on in a web page. All modern Web browsers support CSS with different degrees of limitations. For designers who are used to table-based layouts, developing Web sites in CSS often becomes a matter of trying to replicate what can be done with tables, leading some to find CSS design rather cumbersome due to lack of familiarity.

    Web Accessibility
    To be accessible, web pages and sites must conform to certain accessibility principles. These can be grouped into the following main areas:

    • use semantic markup that provides a meaningful structure to the document (i.e. web page)
    • Semantic markup also refers to semantically organizing the web page structure and publishing web services description accordingly so that they can be recognized by other web services on different web pages. Standards for semantic web are set by IEEE
    • use a valid markup language that conforms to a published DTD or Schema
    • provide text equivalents for any non-text components (e.g. images, multimedia)
    • use hyperlinks that make sense when read out of context. (e.g. avoid "Click Here.")
    • don't use frames
    • use CSS rather than HTML Tables for layout.
    • author the page so that when the source code is read line-by-line by user agents (such as a screen readers) it remains intelligible. (Using tables for design will often result in information that is not.)


    However, W3C permits an exception where tables for layout either make sense when linearized or an alternate version (perhaps linearized) is made available.

    Website accessibility is also changing as it is impacted by Content Management Systems that allow changes to be made to webpages without the need of obtaining programming language knowledge.

    If you still think you are not lost after reading all this stuff, besides, you have your ambition still with you, head to w3schools.com for HTML learning. In 90 days I assume you'd be able to construct A PROPER WEB PAGE. Then you should start learning CSS for another 90 days. If you think you're done in 89 days, I am not yet done in 15 years!

    A decent computer and powerful software are the last things you should be worrying for; among what you need, on the other hand, are a clean notebook and lead-pencils.

    DESIGN is a completely different term so you should be very well aware of this fact. It requires skills and observation as much as knowledge.

    best regards;
    - kunter ilalan web designer
    follow him on twitter and on MediaCollege

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