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WEB DESIGN FAQs

What are Howard University's guidelines for designing a web page for my class?

What is Howard's web disclaimer and where can I find it?

What is HTML and do I need to learn it to create a web page?

What software do I need to design my web site?

What are some of the copyright issues involved in designing and publishing a webpage?

Where can I find free images and backgrounds?

Once I am finished designing my web, how do I publish it?

Where can I find more resources on web design?

What are Howard University's guidelines for designing a web page for my class?

According to Howard University's World Wide Web Policy, web sites designed for a class are considered "unofficial". As such, they are not judged under the same guidelines that govern "official" sites (e.g. departmental, administrative and school sites), but operate under considerably looser standards.

However, the Style Guide for Howard University Web Pages does provide beginners with some helpful advice on page layout and arrangement.

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What is Howard's web disclaimer, and where can I find it?

Howard University's web disclaimer protects the university and the university's webmasters from prosecution due to objectionable content or any malfeasance that may come from an outside source linked to from any page. The disclaimer governing unofficial web sites may be found here (http://www.cetla.howard.edu/disclaimer.htm).

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What is HTML and do I need to learn it to create a web page?

HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language and is the "language" of the World Wide Web. Webmonkey has an excellent overview of HTML codes and standards as well as links to more advanced sources.

You may also look at Howard's Webcenter for more sources. (Click on "Outside Resources" and look under "HTML".)

While you may design your page entirely in HTML, purchasing any web design programs makes this unnecessary.

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What software do I need to design my web site?

There are many different web-design programs. At CETLA, we use Microsoft Front Page (because it is free for HU faculty) while other programs use Macromedia's Dreamweaver. Which program you use depends entirely upon your skill level and what features you desire for your site.

To obtain a free copy of Microsoft Front Page, go to User Support Services, Suite 224 in the ilab. You will need to bring your own blank CDs and present your faculty ID.

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What are some of the copyright issues involved in designing and publishing a webpage?

When designing a web site for a class, there are two copyright issues you must consider:

  1. Your students' rights . If you plan to publish your students' writings or findings on your web site, you must first obtain written, informed consent. We recommend a simple form that the student signs at the beginning of the semester which states that he/she understands and accepts that all work submitted during the course of the semester may be published on the website.
  2. The rights of outside sources. While there are no restrictions governing the posting of links to outside pages, it is considered an infringement of copyright to "lift" images or text from another site without the author's permission. So, to be safe, always obtain the webmaster's or original author's permission before taking content from another site.

For more detailed information, look at Stanford University's Copyright and Fair Use web site, or the Intellectual Property Law Primer.

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Where can I find free images and backgrounds?

There are literally millions of sites that provide free backgrounds, wallpapers, borders, and other images not restricted by copyright. The easiest way to find some is to do a Google search for "free backgrounds" and look around. You may also go directly to the following sites:

http://www.backgroundcity.com/

http://www.freeimages.co.uk

http://www.free-backgrounds.com/

http://www.freeimages.com

http://www.aaa-backgrounds.com/

http://www.htmlgoodies.com/freeimages

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Once I am finished designing my web site, how do I publish it?

When you are satisfied with your web site, you may publish it yourself or ask your department's or college's web master to do it for you.

If you choose to publish the site yourself, most Internet Service Providers (ISPs)--e.g. AOL, Comcast, Verizon-- now provide subscribers with a specified amount of personal web space. If you would like to publish your site this way, contact the customer service department of your ISP for complete details and specifications.

If you would like your site published on the Howard system, contact your department's or college's webmaster. Be sure to find out how you can submit updates and corrections to your webmaster.

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Where can I find more resources on web design?

One of the most comprehensive web design resources is Webmonkey which has information on everything from basic layout issues to advanced style sheets. Howard's webmaster has also compiled a helpful list of outside resources. (Click on "Outside Resources" and look under "Design".)

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