Formatting Text and Content
Web text should always be kept short and easy to read. When creating a syllabus in Dreamweaver, keep each paragraph to one topic sentence and one main idea. Students should be able to read the topic sentence and then decide if they need to read the rest of the paragraph.
Your syllabus should be able to display on a variety of browsers and computers. It is important to consider older browsers for approximately five to six years after any updates.
Create the content for your syllabus before you start creating a syllabus in Dreamweaver. Information to include should be based on your school’s guidelines and course information such as prerequisites, course description, course requirements, material, and the course objectives. Other information to include should be registration information and how to login into the school’s online learning system.
The visual design should include the correct typography and colors. Text should not be too small and should not blend in with the back ground. The goal of your syllabus is to communicate information; therefore your font should be legible along with representing the professionalism of your site. When choosing a font size it is best to use the percentage option in Dreamweaver. This option allows the font to adjust to the size set by the user’s monitor. Do not use all capitals, this is hard to read and comes off as shouting. Do not use serif font for the web, use a transitional serif fonts such as Georgia, Veranda or Tahoma that lacks extra curves and is easier to read on a monitor.
On the next page, you will learn how to create a new site in Dreamweaver and how to add and adjust a CSS file.