Getting animated

Thanks to pee nui for this happy snap

Thanks to pee nui for this happy snap

A prodding and pulling webpages until they twitch.

The secret to making all this stuff work:

'Hey Megan, it's your father. How do I print out a flowchart?'

Is it really that easy?

Well… no. But kinda. For the stuff we’re doing, we have to go a step further – we have to know what the magic keywords to google for are. And since there are so many bloody keywords, acronyms and miscellaneous silly bugs and quirks and so on, you have to know which words ┬ánot to bother googling for. And that is pretty much what we’re here for today. That, and some hands-on experience in making it all go.

Today’s class will be mostly practical. May I direct your attention to two useful links? Not background material, just handy snippets of nonsense text to play with…

  1. Plain text
  2. rich HTML text

Here are two more handy things – inspectors to tell you when you’ve made a mistake, and how:

  1. XHTML
  2. CSS

And here are some background notes to explain why we’re going through this pain…

A short, incomplete, list of animation technologies for the web:

  1. Javascript (plus HTML)
  2. Flash
  3. Silverlight
  4. Java
  5. Quicktime
  6. GIF
  7. Weird hybrid

So – which of these has the widest application? (You might want to start by thinking which technology a Microsoft Windows machine fresh from the factory, and an iPhone fresh from the factory, both have in common.)

Yes, the answer is “javascript”. And that’s what we hope to wrap our heads around in this component of the course.

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