2.1: A few simple tools

Building a good web page begins with good organization and good tools. The tools you will need are:

  1. A computer. Macintosh, Windows, either will work. You are encouraged to use your own computer for writing web pages.
  2. A Web browser. Mozilla’s Firefox is the browser of choice for professional web developers. Firefox is compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for HTML and CSS2, and it meets the standards for accessibility. Firefox is the required browser for this class.
    • NOTE: The best practice is to test your finished Web pages on Mac and Windows computers, using different browsers.
  3. Web developer tools for Firefox. This Firefox add on provides a toolbar with dozens of options for inspecting and debugging your code, from disabling all CSS styles to validating HTML. After you install Firefox, be sure to install these tools.
  4. A text-editing program. Web pages are written in plain text with no formatting. A word processor such as Microsoft Word adds hidden formatting that will mess up your code. Sublime Text is the required program for this class. It’s free for the unregistered version, and it works for Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Download a copy and install it on your computer from The Sublime Text website.
  5. A USB drive. Storing your files on a flash drive allows you to work on any computer. It also makes troubleshooting easier. You can bring in your files on the flash drive and the instructor can view them on his computer. A 2GB drive will hold everything for your website and then some.
  6. Web server space. The university provides web server space where we will mount your FINISHED website. You should be familiar with St. Thomas personal storage, known as the U-drive or MyStorage folder. It also contains a MyWeb folder, where we will “mount” our finished Web pages. Read the instructions for accessing MyStorage. The instructions are at the bottom of the page in PDF format.