NHS Designs

Project Management

This is a suggested timeline for your project:

Days 1-2
Read all the requirements and the rubric. Brainstorm, research, create outlines, and collect resources such as text and photos.

Days 3-4
Initial XHTML and CSS coding for home page. Test color combinations and layouts.

Day 5-6
Fine-tune home page, refine CSS styling, validate code for home page XHTML and CSS, and debug.

Days 7-8
Complete the interior pages.

Day 9
Fine tune the page designs, validate all XHTML and CSS, and assess your Web site against the rubric. Turn in your folder.

While each Web site must be unique, I highly recommend that you share your ideas and encouragement with another student.

Web Design Assignments

Assignment #5

Create a 5-Page Web Site
Due: February 28
90 points (9 days)

Create your own 5-page Web site. Any topic is okay so long as it is school-appropriate. Each site must be original and unique.

All Web sites that score 54/90 or higher will be posted online at the NHS Web site.



A. Main Requirements

  1. Five or more XHTML pages
  2. All presentation is controlled by CSS (not outdated HTML methods)
  3. All XHTML pages pass XHTML validation
  4. All CSS passes CSS validation
  5. You may copy XHTML or CSS code from class assignment Web sites, but not from other Web sites (e.g. Photobucket, MySpace.)


B. Usability Requirements

  1. LAYOUT. Two-column layout (header and footer are optional.)
  2. NAVIGATION. Each page links to each of the others.
  3. CONSISTENCY. All pages are consistent in layout: navigation, content, logo, etc. are always in the same place on the page.
  4. TEXT. The text is large enough to read and contrasts strongly with the background color.
  5. IMAGES. Each page contains no more than 100Kb in images, and no image is wider than 800px.
  6. TITLES. Each page must have a logical <title> element that identifies both the Web site and the topic of the page.


C. Content Requirements

  1. TEXT. Each page must have at least one heading (e.g. <h1>) and at least one paragraph of text. This text must be styled in CSS.
  2. IMAGES. Each page must have at least one image (it can be the same image.)
  3. LINKS. Each page must have at least one link to an outside URL. Styling the links in CSS is optional.
  4. TABLE. At least one page must have a table. The table must have a row (<tr>) of table headers (<th>) at the top and at least one row of table cells (<td>). The table must have at least two columns of data. The table must have some CSS styling.
  5. LIST. At least one page must have a list. The list must be coded as an XHTML list (<ol>, <ul>, <li>, etc.) The list must have some CSS styling.


Getting Started

  1. Create a folder in your root folder called
    , where lastname is your own last name.
  2. Make a new index.html in Notepad, and save it inside your lastname_5-page-website folder. Your home page must be called index.html.
  3. Make a new style.css in Notepad and save it in this folder too.
  4. Name your four other Web pages whatever you like, being sure to end the file name in ".html".
  5. Complete the coding of the Web site according to the Requirements listed above.
  6. Save and test the pages frequently as you work.
  7. Test all your pages in the appropriate validators, linked above.


XHTML Skeleton

Here's an XHTML 1.0 skeleton to help you get started:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en"
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;
        charset=ISO-8859-1" />
    <title>title goes here</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="style.css" />
    page content goes here


Turn in Your Work

  1. In My Documents, navigate down to your lastname_5-page-website folder.
  2. Right-click on the lastname_5-page-website folder and select Copy.
  3. Navigate to the Inbox.
  4. Right-click on the Assignment 5 folder and select Paste.



Your Web site will be graded according to how it meets the requirements above. I will be using the rubric below to tally up your score out of a possible 90 points. Click on the image to view the PDF.

Assignment 5 Rubric

A = 81-90 points
B = 72-80 points
C = 63-71 points
D = 54-62 points
F = 53 or fewer points


Extra Credit (up to 10 points)

Here is a 5-page Web site I designed a few years ago:


View the Web site and its source code. Answer these three questions on a sheet of paper:

  1. In what ways does this Web site meet the requirements stated above? (4 points)
  2. In what ways does this Web site not meet these requirements? (5 points)
  3. There's actually a sixth page. Where is it? (1 point)


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