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WWW, RSS, PHP (XHTML, CSS, XML etc.)

First, we’ll discuss the reading from the Rettberg book, “What is a Blog?”  Take note of the following for later:

  • What are the three types of blogs she defines? What can you learn from each example?
  • What IS a blog—how do you know one when you see one?
  • What are HTML and CSS and what do they do?
  • What is RSS and what does it do?

We’ll then do some hands on with HTML and CSS. I’ll introduce RSS (and XML, which it’s made of) and PHP, which is what most blogs (such as WordPress) are written in. To give us a common source on these, we’ll use W3Schools.com

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(We’ll come back to all this as needed later on.)

Some examples: Here’s an RSS feed I made for a DART class (try it in Firefox). Here is what the PHP test page will show if you post it on alpha.lasalle.edu.

For this week, be able to write a basic HTML page with a CSS rule embedded, and add the test for PHP (<?php phpinfo(); ?>). Post that to alpha.lasalle.edu when your password is working. Then  experiment with RSS readers and install one either here or at home. I used CITA but it got buggy, so I switched to feedreader.com that Rettberg mentions.

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