Accessibility statement

Working on the Web 


Module leader: Neil Gevaux


The World Wide Web is an integral part of our lives. Most of us interact with web applications on a daily basis, often so seamlessly that the underlying technologies are invisible to us. But how does the web actually work? And what application does it have in a heritage context?

Over the course of this module, students will learn the history of the development of the World Wide Web, and the technologies that are used in its operation. You'll create your own website from the ground up, learning how to write well-formed code and finding solutions to problems that may arise. Building upon the principles of good web design, you'll style your website and critique other sites with archaeological and heritage-related themes. You'll learn best practice with regard to layout, standards and accessibility, and finally you'll be introduced to the principles behind dynamic web development.


This module will introduce students to the concepts behind the creation of web applications. The module aims:

  • To equip students with the skills necessary to create a series of simple web pages
  • To introduce the principles of effective web design 

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should:

  • Be able to create well-formed, valid HTML documents and understand their application in cultural heritage
  • Understand web standards, and know how to apply them
  • Understand what makes good web design
  • Be able to apply valid CSS
  • Understand accessibility issues and address these in their own web documents
  • Understand the basics of dynamic webpages

Working on the Web rhc image / Image by Ian Britton, (CC BY-NC 2.0)