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Week 4 Grading

September 17, 2012

Good work from the group this week with some points of interest to note going forward:

  • Do not use the target=”_blank” attribute unless there is a legitimate reason as the proliferation of tabs/windows tends to drive users nuts and will make them flee your site.
  • Many students copied their font-family definitions from the web-safe fonts site and in doing so also copied the note superscript as well as the definition. For example: “MS5”  or “Book Antigua3” and this highlights an issue with CSS that I mentioned in the demo where valid CSS does not equal operable CSS. So even though these font-family definitions are valid per the CSS validator, they are not funtional for the browser. Each of those families is an instruction to use it if the prior one is not installed on the host device. Validity is one tool we use to make good, workable code but the point is function.
  • Many students used images for bullets and encountered the inheritance issues of<li> elements.
    I applaud those efforts.
  • CSS errors that fall into the category of “parse error” are usually simple things like forgetting the dash in “font-family” or failing to wrap a font-family definition in quotes.
  • If a student posts a coding issue to the blog, be sure to include a link to the work in question. Otherwise there is no basis for discussion.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2012 10:16 am

    Are we going to talk about how to avoid those inheritance issues of

  2. elements. I could not for the life of me keep the images from appearing on all bulleted items as opposed to only the unordered list.
  • September 17, 2012 3:28 pm

    In regards to the font family definitions, if we are using web-safe fonts as a reference, do we just need to omit the superscript? Also I was wondering if it is ok to change our files after you grade them? I like to refer back to my work and I want to make the changes so I know that it is right. Although if I change it and save but not upload I guess that becomes a non issue.

    Sara, if you use the list- style-image attribute for your firs unordered list, then in the ordered list there needs to be a list-style-image: none; before you put in the ordered list formatting. This will cancel out the inherited trait from the previous unordered list. I hope that makes sense.

    Sarah F.

  • derek permalink*
    September 18, 2012 7:56 am

    In regards to the superscripts, yes just delete the number as that is not part of the “family” as defined. Simple stuff. I will make another post about the homework files as this is an important topic.

  • September 18, 2012 1:01 pm

    For font families does sans-serif require quotation marks or does the hyphen make it one word?

    • derek permalink*
      September 18, 2012 1:16 pm

      hyphen makes it one word

  • choshil permalink
    September 23, 2012 7:40 am

    Whoops! I’m guilty of using target=”_blank”. I guess I personally prefer to open a new tab but I’ll stop using it. I missed this post somehow and didn’t see it until today.

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