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In Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training, interactive design professor and enthusiastic educator Laurie Burruss teaches how to produce an online resume—and create a first web site in the process. Laurie suggests structure and information needed to create a winning resume, and shows how to design the pages with simple typographic principles and effective layouts. She explains how to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and control the design and structure of HTML documents through hands-on development. Exercise files with additional supporting materials accompany the course.
So let's get started on creating our online resume. We want to create a webpage with a Cascading Style Sheet that demonstrates good typographic design and layout. By now, you've already downloaded your exercise files and expanded them. What I like to do is to make a copy of these files, so that I don't overwrite the originals. You can do this by holding down your Ctrl or Option key, and dragging. Then click hard and rename the file something meaningful, because this will be your project folder or your site folder.
I'm going to call mine online_resume. I typically also add my initials, in case I'm working with a group or other people. That way I'll be able to identify which files are mine. Let's go ahead and double-click on this folder and see what the structure of the site folder is. All of these files right here have to do with the Lynda.com tutorial. We'll be looking at them step by step, so that you can follow along in case you get lost or if you want start at a different point in the process of this tutorial. But the important folders that you need for this website are the css, the images, the pdf, and the source and support materials you will eliminate before you send it up to the website.
You'll also be creating HTML pages that will show inside up here. If you were doing this from scratch, you can easily do this by right-clicking on the desktop, choosing New, create a folder, give it a site name. For this purpose I'll just so call it site_name. Double-click on this folder, and just keep in mind that the concept is here, one project one folder. So I would think about what kinds of things I need for my online resume. Well, I know I'm going to be using CSS, so I'll create a folder called New Folder and I'll name it css.
I know I'm going to maybe include images, so I'll go ahead and create another new folder and call this one Images. I know I'd like to link a PDF file to my webpage for my online resume, so I'll right-click again, choose New > Folder, and name this one pdf. And finally, for everything else I'll create one more folder called the source folder. This folder will hold all the original images, any copy text, any support materials, anything from the client, anything else that I might need that would help me create this webpage.
When I've completed the webpage, I'll remove the source file and just send up the HTML documents and the three support folders with the linked images, CSS style sheets and PDFs. I'm going to go ahead and close this and I'm going to drag this over to the Recycle Bin, because this was just for demonstration purposes only. With our project folder all set up and with our support folders inside, we're ready to go into Dreamweaver and define the site.
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