Ways for Students to Post Assignments Online

Many students understandably do no want to pay for shared hosting to post web design assignments online, but posting assignments online is far preferable to trying to send zipped up sites back and forth as changes are made. If the site is online, the student can simply make their changes and then the instructor and class can just revisit the website. 

Here are some free hosting options that I recommend with some notes about each:

https://surge.sh -- requires use of the command line to post and update but is easy to learn. 



It can be tough to evaluate the validity of the many online resources available for beginning web designers.

Now People Really Need to Convert their Flash Sites

Adobe is stating that they will stop updating Flash at the end of 2020 and  Microsoft plans to remove it entirely by 2020, stating in a blog post , "By the end of 2020, we will remove the ability to run Adobe Flash in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer across all supported versions of Microsoft Windows. Users will no longer have any ability to enable or run Flash."


Less than IE 11 Support to end January 16, 2016

This is big news. Microsoft will no longer support Internet Explorer versions older than IE11 after January 16, 2016. See their announcement here. This means that all kinds of cross-browser fixes, fallbacks, and tweaking will slowly become less necessary over the course of 2016. This is because IE11 supports most new features of the HTML5 and CSS3 spec, although flexbox is said to be only partially supported.

A Note about HTML5 and Internet Explorer

In this class we will write our websites in HTML5 as most people do now. However, if you look at the page skeleton code in Unit One you will see that I have included the hosted version of the HTML5 "shiv" in the head of that sample page.

This is because versions of Internet Explorer less than 9, that is, 8 on down, will not recognize the new HTML 5 elements such as section, article, and aside, and a page using these will not render properly without including a script in the head that fools IE8 into rendering these elements.


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