Project assignment 1. Due Thursday, March 1.

General blog description

Your blog will eventually display data stored in the database:

Your task for the semester-long project is to design and implement a web site that displays this data and allows users to post messages and comment on other people's messages.

Tasks for this assignment

The blog design and formatting

The display style of the blog pages must be set using external CSS files. An occasional in-line style is OK, but beware that those can easily get out of hand. You should have at least two different CSS files for your blog.

There are two ways in which you can set a layout of a page: using tables or using CSS formatting features. To start with, you should use tables to format your page. We may cover CSS formatting later in the course, or you can read ahead if you prefer to use that instead of (or in addition to) tables.

Task 1: design the layout and the style of your pages

Think of what pages you need in the blog and what these pages will look like (the layout, the style). The pages that you need at this point are:

Your task is to come up with two CSS files for two different styles of your blog. Draw pictures, think of fonts, styles, and colors. Then write a basic HTML page and a css file that implement your idea. Your HTML has to pass the XHTML validator (or, if an occasional non-XHTML feature is used, please put a comment explaining why you are using it).

Keep in mind that you may need to add to your CSS file or change some settings later. Write it so that it is easy to understand and modify. Code clarity is a part of the grade.

How to submit

To submit, please upload the files to rynite into one of the group members' accounts and send me an e-mail with the files location and names. You must CC the e-mail to your project partner(s).

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