All right, well this project fizzled out last time, so it's being taken under by new management.
The aim of this project is to create a guide to get a beginner well on their way towards standards webdevelopment- we'll be teaching HTML (it has been decided that we'll teach HTML 4.01 Strict) first, enforcing the ideals of the web, and semantic markup- we will try to explain the whys, not just tell them "do it". Next, we'll teach CSS, and design, including some etiquette in those regards. Third, we'll teach scripting if possible. A more complete outline from the last attempt is attached.
We already have some work done, from the previous attempt. The following will be a running list of completed articles.
Jona has already created a design, but I do not know if he still wishes for it to be used on this project. A CMS was also underway, I understand- the status of that is a mystery to me.
Here's the subjects that need to be covered- if you wish to group them, be logical about it, please.
-TOC (It will look a lot like this list, and it will be jump links; so this can be used as reference)
-Introduction (What making websites is about; content, form, design, SSL's, 'rules', etc.)
-Saving & editing pages
-Notepad (Mac equiv.?)
-Setting up a page
-How it works
-divvy'ing/ setting up your page
-How they work
-<head> (what it is, info about your page, what to include)
-Why overuse is bad
-What scripting languages are available
-@import, to be covered later
-Making sure you did everything right
-Validation (checking your structuring)
-Proofreading (why this is important)
-Deciding what you want
-writing it up
-thinking of usability
-Setting up a stylesheet
-Why you divvy'd (basic CSS layouts)
-IE's quirkiness, and overcoming it
-The float model
-Padding, margins, box model (will be long, obviously)
-Color by number
-Choosing your colours
-Their importance, what they should be like
-How to apply them
-Text-align, fonts, font-variant, etc.
-Adding background images
-Sites with free stock photos + clip art
-Server Side Languages
-Server side includes
-What they can do
-Places to learn them
-Some basic form scripts
-But... so-and-so.com does this...
-Why SSIs are better than frames
-Why tables are bad for layout
-Wrapping it all up, further links + resources, maybe running over the basics again
We need volunteers to take part in the project. I do not want this to fizzle out like the last one. Since volunteering for a part did not work, after the initial dibs on articles, the other editors and I will assign them to whoever wishes to do one.
I am not assuming anyone from the previous attempt to still be held responsible. I hope that I have been as clear as possible, because I would like this project to be carried out efficiently... please try to stay on topic, I'd like this thread to be as clear as possible.