With NaNoWriMo just a couple of days away, I decided that novelists shouldn't be the only writers having all the fun. I'd like to introduce NiNoCoDa, or Ning Novice Coder's Day. From now on I'll be running this on the 30th of October every year, so just before NaNo kicks off.
Once you create it, post your code as a comment on this blog. At the end of the 30th, I'll have a look at what everybody comes up with (I hope to conscript the other Ningmasters into being judges) and declare a few we like best. These few will be added to the Ning if feasible and safe to implement.
Now, this contest is primarily aimed at novice coders, though more experienced entrants are also welcome. Novices may want to refer to http://www.w3schools.com/
for a summary of HTML and CSS.
Also aimed at the novices: To see how your code looks, save it into a text file called "index.html" and open the file with your default Internet browser.
Good luck guys, and have fun with this. I look forward to seeing your entries!
If you really feel you suck at coding, here's a basic framework you can use. All HTML starts from the top left corner of your window. To draw stuff, just use the following:
<div style="P: absolute; top: Ypx; left: Xpx; width: Wpx; height: Hpx;">S</div>
Where P is the word 'position', X and Y are the top left corner of your box, W and H are the width and height of your box, and S is whatever you want in it. Just make as many boxes as you need, and put text in them saying what would go there if you knew how.