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HTML How to Make a Website Creating HTML Content Organize with Unordered Lists

Mike Aquan-Assee
Mike Aquan-Assee
15,336 Points

Can the external workspace window be used to complete course projects, or do you have to do it all in the browser?

I am referring to the course progress steps - for example in building a website, can the steps be done in the external workspace, and if so how do you "Check work" to see if you got it right or not?

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>Nick Pettit</title>
      <a href="index.html">
        <h1>Nick Pettit</h1>
          <li><a href="index.html">Portfolio</a></li>
          <li><a href="about.html">About</a></li>
          <li><a href="contact.html">Contact</a></li>
      <p>&copy; 2013 Nick Pettit.</p>

11 Answers

Please mark this answered.

The quizzes/code checks have to be done in the browser window.

Mike Aquan-Assee
Mike Aquan-Assee
15,336 Points

Thanks Theodore. What's the use for the external workspace if it is not to work along the course to complete the steps?

You do want to use the workspace to work along with the course. You can access it later and use it as a reference for the quizzes and challenges that they periodically put in.

Mike Aquan-Assee
Mike Aquan-Assee
15,336 Points

So you have to have the same markup written/copied on both the external workspace as well as the one that comes on the challenge/project step page?

Does it automatically update from one to the other or do you have to keep copy/pasting between the two?

They are often similar, but not exactly the same. They don't want you just to copy and paste answers. It is a good reference to then use to format your challenge answers properly. I always tried to do the challenge without reference to the code to see if I understood the concept properly. Copy and paste misses the purpose of taking an ungraded course in my opinion.

Mike Aquan-Assee
Mike Aquan-Assee
15,336 Points

I agree with the learning aspect, but the confusion I have with the external workspace purpose is that the videos are done using the external workspace and show you tips and techniques for it - but the course steps must be done in the internal course browser. This means to use them both one has to copy or write new, on both workspaces.

It seems it would make more sense for students to follow along and complete the steps on just the external workspace - if the video is guiding you on that - and be able to check off steps in that, or have it update automatically to the internal to check off steps.

The browser only is available during the challenge unless you are using something that I am not aware of. Later, you do not recreate the entire code in the challenges.

Mike Aquan-Assee
Mike Aquan-Assee
15,336 Points

Yes it is, which means if I have my markup in the external workspace, and Im watching the videos, and then the next step is a challenge where I have to add more code - I must add that code in the internal workspace in order to check off that step - then I have to update my external workspace by writing that same code again. If I am missing something please let me know, as it seems like a redundant step to have to do it twice for each workspace!

The challenge code is not added to the workspace that I remember. It is something you have already coded.

Mike Aquan-Assee
Mike Aquan-Assee
15,336 Points

I think treehouse should look into that UX and see how it can be improved. Thanks for your help Theodore:)