National Organisation of Media Arts Database

Website Authoring

Provided by
Monash University

Run since 2002



This unit will develop the basic concepts of website authoring, from design to implementation. Students will develop skills in creating digital content which is authored to deal with the particular issues of web publishing. The unit will examine HTML/XHTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the W3C Document Object Model (DOM) and JavaScript as the fundamental website authoring suite. In addition HTML embedded script languages, such as ColdFusion, will be used to create dynamic database driven content. The unit will also introduce wider W3C standards, web usability and web design specification.

At the completion of this unit students will have a theoretical and conceptual understanding of:

1. the characteristics of commercial web sites and the authoring/management issues associated with them
2. the features and applicability of a range of software tools which are used in the development of websites
3. internet standards and protocols, in particular the impact of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards in this area
4. a web based document as an instance of the W3C Document Object Model
5. website usability issues
6. the role that products such as Macromedia Flash can play in web authoring
7. copyright related issues as they apply to web authoring.