When I decided to go back to school to get my Associates for Web Design and Administration, I though that it would be a lovely piece of cake. I’m not being cocky in regards to knowing the material, but I figured that it would be easy to do the assignments, tests, and projects in class with no need to ask questions, or really have to rely on someone to get me through it.
The problem I am dealing with for my webdesign class is that the material is outdated, partially deprecated, and is compromising to the values and accessibility rules I stick with. I’ve tried to stay focused on the [online] class but I keep drifting away from the assignments. One of my first assignments was creating bookmark links (
<a href="#about">About</a>, <a name="about" id="about">About</a>), fixing up some unordered lists, and deleting text (I shit you not, this “teacher” had created a comment in the HTML saying “Delete this section.”)
My biggest wafoo came when I had to make an image map. Uhm, I had to question why I was even in class. I don’t want an easy ‘A.’ I want to earn it, and work hard for it. I want to learn something, because I don’t want to pay $300 for a class where I’m regressing my talent and knowledge just to get some piddly Associates.
I’ve dealt with the bullshit from the class, and I’ve done the tests. My problem right now is this god awful midterm project he created for us. Not only does he hinder my creative side by setting the topic to health, but his list of requirements make me want to punch him in the face. Then again I wanted to punch him in the face when I saw his JJC staff website page. You’ll want to punch him in the face when you see it too. Then you’ll ask yourself how the FUCK did this asshole get the role of being a webdesign teacher with that atrocious garbage.
Moving on, here are the requirements for my webdesign midterm:
- A minimum of 1 picture on each web page
- Proper navigation to all 4 pages, available at the TOP or LEFT side of each page. This should be consistent.
- All of the navigation links should be placed within a table, whether it is horizontal or vertical.
- Use the following tags: cite or q, dfn, em, strong
- Alt tags must be used on EVERY image tag
- Go into the paint program (or any drawing program that you are familiar with) and draw a body, face, ventricles of the heart, bones in a hand & arm, etcâ€¦ whatever is most appropriate for your site. Create an image map out of it and have a minimum of 2 links, each linking to a web page within your site. [This is where you may need to create 6 pages in your web site, rather than 4, in order for these links to link to content appropriate web pages.]
- Every page must have a title in the browser window title bar.
- The ONLY file you are submitting to blackboard is a ZIP file, with all HTM and image files needed for your web site.
- Vary the use of your content tags, H1-H6, p, br, hrâ€¦
- You must properly indent all lines of code
- Make sure that you test each web page for XHTML validation
- I recommend that you put all content in a table first. Even if it is a 1×1 table.
- Design your web pages for a screen size of 800×60.
- XHTML pages can be transitional
- All writing on the web pages must be ORIGINAL writing by YOU, unless otherwise cited.
- All cited material must be appropriately cited and quoted.
- All pictures on the web site should be created by YOU. Donâ€™t worry, I am not looking for Picasso level imagesâ€¦
The asshole in me really wants to create an iframe based site that breaks in all browsers, but is still fully XHTML validated coding. I want to use neon non-safe webcolors, and glittery animated images. But I’m not. I’m going to actually just code up the new design I was making for atourworst.org and also apply it to my midterm. Why go out of my way to design something I won’t use again, when I can just kill two birds with one stone?
It’s shit like this class that is really making me rethink registering for next semester. I really want to get my Associates, and then my Bachelors, but the mere thought of paying some fucking asshole like my professor, for bullshit that I already know (and don’t use) is what really gets under my skin.