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 CROSSLINKS: Chapter 9—Writing Web Pages with Basic HTML

Chapter 9 of Writing Online introduces some basic HTML tags and Unix commands. The Crosslinks for this chapter lead to more extensive HTML guides, links to sites on WWW page design, essays on hypertext and web development, and ideas for building your own page.

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HTML Guides 
  • NCSA's Beginner's Guide to HTML  began as one of the first guides on the Net for writing HTML and remains one of the best.
  • The Web Developer's Virtual Library (WDVL) offers extensive and well-organized help with HTML and other web technologies.  Go here first; if you scroll down you find links to useful articles, such as Alan Richmond's Introduction to HTML.
  • HTML, as the name reveals, offers an array of HTML guides and tutorials that can move you from beginner to expert. Includes links to resources on javascripting and other advanced design technologies. Offers link-back service to teachers who use the site regularly in their classes. 
  • So, You Want to Make a Web Page!  by Joe Barta provides easy-to-follow tutorials that take you through the steps of creating a web page by writing your own HTML code. The tutorials can also be downloaded in zip file format for use on your own harddrive.
  • Essential Links: HTML offers a well-organized and up-to-date compendium of some of the best HTML resources, guides, and tips on the Net.
  • Getting Started with HTML by Dave Raggett is an easy to use, step-by-step guide. You'll also find a link to an Advanced HTML page and an excellent walk through on creating a style sheet for your web pages.
  • Writing the Web is a class resource page for a course taught by Mike Palmquist at Colorado State University. The first link on the page is to HTML guides and tutorials, and Mike has not only written excellent guides, but also offers links to some of the best HTML guides. 

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WWW Page Design 
  • Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design by Jakob Nielson presents a list of design elements to avoid or to think carfully about. Nielson advocates design simplicity.
  • Writing for the Web offers advice on web page design from Jakob Nielsen; this and other advice he offers derives from useability studies he has conducted on how people read online.
  • Some Guidelines for Creating Good Frames by Diane Wilson acknowledges that a lot of people, like Jakob Nielson, for example, don't like frames, but that doesn't mean that they can't be done well. She offers tips for using frames wisely.
  • Accessible Site Design from the Viewable with Any Browser Campaign offers common sense advice for making sure your pages can be viewed across platforms. You don't have to sacrifice style to do this.
  • Introduction to Web Design (at WDVL)  by Selena Sol is a self-paced tutorial designed to take 3 half days. It begins with the history of the Web and ends with creating complex frames for your pages.
  • Announce and Promote Your Web Site gives you a good rundown of how to use meta-tags, search engine URL registration, and other tools for getting your pages noticed. You should design your page with these tips in mind.

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  • A Web Site Is a Harsh Mistress  by Diane Wilson offers a smart, no-nonsense approach on why someone might want to read your web page and on why you should consider that reader. See also her excellent Rules of Thumb for Web Design, which makes a nice companion piece.
  • Hints for Web Authors by Warren Steel offers good advice on how to see yourself as an author online. For beginners, the first half (parts 1, 2, and 3) of this brief essay will be more useful. The second half, on different versions of HTML, may prove less important, but are worth skimming. The piece concludes with very useful links.
  • Publishing on the Web Is Different, by Jukka Korpela, explains how the WWW differs from a book and explores the expanded role the reader has in controlling content.
  • What HTML Is and Isn't is the introduction to Dan Tobias's web tips. The essay gives a good overview of HTML and includes useful links. The intro outlines some of the ongoing debates in web design (text vs. graphics, accessibility vs. cutting edge design) and includes a compendium of links on design.
  • Thoughts on Web Design by Elliot Chabot is part giude, part design manual, and part how-to essay that begins with the essential question: what is your site about and who are your writing it for?

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Web Ideas 
  • Considering a Web Page as an Assignment by Michelle (Rogge) Gannon suggests one way to frame and plan for web page writing assignment.
  • Web Project Ideas. Here are some ideas and examples created by other students for you to consider and to be inspired by:
    1. Start Simple and put a paper from one of your courses on the Web as these students did for a writing course taught by Patricia Ericsson.
    2. Do Something More Complex like this web-based hypertext from Tracey Hughes titled "The Web Essay: Exploring Arguments."
    3. Explore a Field You Care About as does this site by Jim Bennett, a future teacher studying at the College of Charleston, which examines Elementary Education.
    4. Market Your Skills or Business as Chris Barney, a student at Marlboro College, does for his Incubus Arts.
    5. Create Pages for Your Community, as these students in the Otselic Valley Junior/Senior High School did for their HTML class projects.
    6. Visit a Compendium of Other Student Web Projects for ideas. There is no better collection that I know of than Keith Dorwick's writing for the world.

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