Digital literacy for the web
What writers for the web need to know
- XHTML (or HTML5) and CSS.
- Why code? Arguments for and against writers learning programming skills, and the conclusion: professional writers should know html and css.
- Writing good code improves editing skills.
- Good code makes writers think about how writing works and what it does.
- Code is "forward compatible," so writing in code lasts forever.
- Good code adds "a whole new level of meaning to your documents for readers. Used properly, HTML allows you to give readers more information about what various parts of your documents mean. For example, you can seamlessly define abbreviations, cite quotations, or identify people and places without intefering with the readability of your documents." Furry Brains
- Usable design principles and guidelines
- Testing for usability
- Sample tools: Color-blindness tool and Code validator tool