Catalog of student project for WRIT 4662W - Writing with Digital Technologies
« Student Historicizing Projects »
The following is a list of links to student historicizing projects and a short description:
- Lucy Bixby, English & Art
John Buckeye, STC Cert
- Historicizing Web Fonts: Web Fonts are becoming an increasingly important element of a visually appealling and functional web page. I will take a look at which movements and events were crucial to the plethora of choices we now have in which fonts to render on our sites and in how to have them rendered.
- Andrew Burke, Technical Writing & Communication, Minor in Information Technology
- A Blank <canvas> to Play With: A Historically-Grounded Examination of the <canvas> Element and Video Games: My historicizing project is centered on the <canvas> element and how it is used in the creation of browser-based video games, as well as how those browser games relate to older video game forms. The video game functionalities of the <canvas> element invite game developers to join the web development scene, bringing with them ideals and practices from older video game forms to influence the diirection of HTML development.
- Linus Chan, Business Marketing Education
- Any Comments?:My research reflects the history of the comment element. It's a tiny bit meta, but i'm curious to see as to how the formation of communication began and how it's beginning to change in HTML as well as across the web.The purpose of a historicizing project is to understand and discover how "vygotskyian concepts", or mediational means of writing affect our process of thinking. I hope that my project displays how thinking on the internet has changed through the means of comments in source code.
- Cindy Croy, Technical Communication Graduate Certificate
- Alexandra DePalma, Economics and Art History
- Historicizing LZW Compression Algorithms: Lempel-Ziv-Welch (LZW) is a lossless data compression algorithm that was first published by Terry Welch in 1984 as a modification of the LZ77 and LZ78 compression algorithms developed by Jacob Ziv and Abraham Lempel (Duke). It is a dictionary based compression algorithm that is relatively simple for developers to implement and is widely used in GIF file formats (SFU).
- Anna Irish, English Lit.
- Flexbox: Flexbox is a layout module that’s goal is to provide an efficient way to arrange elements on a page. These elements are in a container and it is possible to layout, align, and distribute space among the items in the container without knowing their size. The main purpose of the layout is allowing the container to best fill the space provided, whether it be on a computer page or mobile screen. A flex container can expand or shrink items to either fill available space or prevent overflow. Thus, Flexbox is responsive and its current uses reflect its responsive capabilities.
- Jacqui Laliberte, Technical Writing & Communication
- Historicizing <span>: Through its status as HTML's generic inline container, <span> has become a visualization of the past, present, and future of HTML. <span> is the ancestor of many now-standard HTML elements, the transitional step between future elements and their conception, and the back-up when simply nothing else will do.
- Haiyen Le, Technical Writing & Communication
- <blockquote>: Since its introduction in HTML 4, the <blockquote> element has been found to be be a surprisingly versatile tool for writers and designers on the web. Semantically proper usage would say however that this versality causes a widespread of incorrect usaget. Still, it can be seen as an valuable adaptation of print writng elements to digital technology.
- Matt Muroya, BS Technical Writing and Communication
- Reframing Responsive Design: A Historical Examination of CSS media queries: CSS media queries are a response to the changing landscape of web design. The web is no longer bound by the constraints of the printed page and there is no longer a standard screen size; this is manifest in the human design decisions surrounding the proposal, development, and implementation of CSS media queries as the precursor and heart to responsive web design.
- Sarah Murto, MS Scientific & Technical Communication
- The Rise and Fall of Flash: Over the past 20 years, Flash became a plug-in that was necessary to successfully view vector animation, advanced websites and streaming video online. However, built-in web technologies like HTML5 have filled in the need for Flash. Changes in the use of Flash show how a web technology can be useful in several forms, and what happens when it is finally replaced by a newer technology.
- Juliet Nakasi, Technical Writing and Communication, Minor in Computer Science
- Mao Thao, Technical Writing and Communication
- GIF: GIF is an old format, created nearly twenty-eight years ago by CompuServe. Over the years, GIF has remained practically unchanged. Meanwhile, GIF practices have changed, becoming more focused on design and the user experience. This is especially important because GIFs are increasingly popular in social media.
- Zoey Thao, Scientific & Technical Communication
- The Box Model: CSS was developed to separate document content from its layout. There are various levels of CSS, each building on the last. The box model is a div layout and was first introduced in CSS 1 as a formatting model. Revisions to the layout were added in CSS 2 and CSS 2.1. Developers consider two main reasons when deciding on either a table layout or a div layout for their website: ease of use and maintainability.