GEOG 863
GIS Mashups for Geospatial Professionals

Assignment: Write a Page Using XHTML and CSS


You have been sent a Word document containing text that I’d like you to convert to a valid XHTML Strict document. Match the formatting found in the Word doc as closely as possible, paying particular attention to text alignment, font size and font weight. Some of the formatting will require CSS, which you should write in either an external file or in the head section of the XHTML doc.

The goal of this project is to test your ability to code the document from scratch, so avoid using HTML editors such as Word or Front Page. They almost invariably generate more code than is actually needed and your grade will be docked considerably if you use one. Instead, I recommend you use a basic text editor like Notepad.

You can refer to the links below for an example in which I've replicated a document similar to the one you've been assigned:
Example Word document
My XHTML/CSS solution

You may be tempted to find your assigned document online and copy its source code. To discourage this, I’ve made small modifications to each document. If I find that you’ve submitted a document that matches the original and not the one that I sent you, I will consider it an academic integrity violation (resulting in a grade of 0).

The addresses of links can be determined by right-clicking on one in Word and selecting Edit Hyperlink. The URL will be shown in the Address text box. You can highlight the complete URL using Ctrl-a and copy it to the Windows clipboard using Ctrl-c.

For full credit, your page must pass through the World Wide Web Consortium’s page validator without errors.


This project is two weeks in length. Please refer to the course Calendar tab, in ANGEL, for the due date.

  1. Post a link to the page you created to your e-portfolio. (70 of 100 points)
  2. I will be checking your page against the World Wide Web Consortium’s page validator. For full credit, your page must pass through without errors. (20 of 100 points)
  3. Also include a link to your app from Lesson 1 in your e-portfolio (10 of 100 points). 
  4. Complete the Lesson 2 quiz.