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Web Projects: Building a Draft of the Site

Building a Draft of the Site

I paired the novices with the more proficient students. As everyone mastered basic computer techniques, we quickly moved on to word processing and writing. Students created first drafts of their personal stories on the computer, revised and edited them, and designed texts using various font styles, sizes, and colors and clip art. Depending on the student, this process took one or many sessions. During this time, the students signed up for their own e-mail accounts and I began to e-mail their assignments to them each week.

--Maura Donnelly,
former adult literacy teacher at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York

The first draft could be a rough draft of the whole site, or just a particular section or module. It's not necessary for all of the content to be complete, but enough should be finished so that you can evaluate the project effectively. Evaluating pages is easy, because even if your pages are not "live" on the Web, you can open them with a Web browser to preview them, as noted in the Samples & Templates section.

If you have reviewed your designs thoroughly, evaluated your resources carefully, assigned and clarified roles appropriately, and built all of your templates ahead of time, building the actual site is actually the easiest step in the entire process.

As you create files for the site, be sure to keep it all organized. Having a system for naming files is a good idea, so that you can troubleshoot when links don't seem to work or when images seem to go missing. It's also best not to use spaces, capital letters or symbols in file names.

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Last Updated October 23, 2003