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Teaching Notes for Chapter 1

Download the end-of-chapter questions. (Zipped plain text files, UTF-8 encoded.)

The purpose of this chapter is to get students to start looking at the Web as something they might help create, not just as something that they use or consume. It's a lightweight chapter and should not occupy much lecture time.

The main message is in the title: Web Experiences, note the plural. Each student must learn to appreciate that their experience is only one among many. Hence, the material on the Web community, especially the introductory discussion of accessibility and the statistics in Table 1.2 should be stressed. You can find the latest statistics at the Internet World Stats site.

The early material on pages and sites will be familiar to most students. However, they may not appreciate the full diversity of the Web: your students may know more about social networking sites than you do, but it's possible that they will never have used Internet banking. Try to make them aware of a wider Web than the sites they typically visit. (Practical Task 1 may help here, if they are able to compare answers with others.) The material at the end of the chapter about the Semantic Web and Web 2.0 may be omitted. It may appear dated after the book has been out for a while.

We suggest setting up a live browsing session in which you show your students various different sorts of site, point out how they use different Web technologies and any failings they exhibit. It's important to show what happens when you increase the font size, for example.

We have introduced our design philosophy in this chapter, including our emphasis on standards and accessibility. These ideas underpin the whole book. It's possible that you will find students, perhaps with some work experience, or possibly just having read the wrong sort of tutorials, who don't accept the importance of standards, who claim that sites only need to work on Explorer, or that table-based layouts are better than CSS layouts. You could refer to the Web Standards Project's FAQ as a starting point for refuting these notions.

As far as practical work goes, at this stage students should be learning about the Web and should be encouraged to spend a lot of time on the Web, discovering about types of site that are new to them, including those from other countries around the world.