Chapter Eight. Web Documents


Ingredients:

· Existing online information
· New information written for a new medium
· A plan for how this information should appear
· The tools to make this plan a reality

This is your main course - the pièce de résistance. Everything else was just a prelude to this moment. This is where you take existing information, any new information, and knead it and cook it just long enough to serve an Internet meal entrée that will be both lasting and satisfying.


Table 8-1 Background Information on Hypertext


LocationDescription
http://www.w3.org/hypertext/History.html Bullet list of hypertext developments.
http://www.isg.sfu.ca/~duchier/misc/vbush/ "As We May Think," an aticle by Vannevar Bush, in which the hypertext concept was first suggested.
http://www.picosof.com/850 Home page of Xanadu, the company resulting from Ted Nelson's ideas.


Table 8-2 Sources of Information on HTML


(a) General Information

LocationDescription
http://www.yahoo.com/
Computers_and_Internet/
Software/Data_Formats/HTML/
Extensive index of HTML-related information.
http://akebono.stanford.edu/yahoo/
Computers/World_Wide_Web/HTML/
Alternative site to the above.
http://www.gov.nb.ca/hotlist/htmldocs.htm Well-organized site with various levels of information content.
http://www.w3.org/hypertext/
WWW/MarkUp/MarkUp.html
The place that maintains information on the HTML standard, including past history and current developments.

(b) Writing HTML

Location Description
http://snowwhite.it.brighton.ac.uk/~mas/
mas/courses/html/html.html
A nicely laid out guide to writing HTML.
http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/General/
Internet/WWW/HTMLPrimer.html
The de facto standard primer on HTML.
http://www.nashville.net/~carl/
htmlguide/index.html
Great page on the lesser known features of HTML.

(c) Books on HTML

Location Description
http://www.mcp.com/
403822712823191/general
/workshop/books.html
HTML-related books from Macmillan.
http://www.diskovery.com/
Diskovery/EPG/Indices/Books/
ByPublisher/
List of publishers of HTML-related books.
http://www.davison.net/books/
www.top.html
A comprehensive list from a distributor.


Table 8-3 Special Character Listings


Source - InternetDescription
http://www.bbsinc.com/iso8859.html The current character set and its interpretation derived from a number of sources.
http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/
MarkUp/html-spec/html-spec_9.html#SEC9.7
Alternative source of the above.


Table 8-4 Information on Transparent Background Images


LocationDescription
http://members.aol.com/htmlguru/
transparent_images.html
Step by step guide, including sources of image editing tools.
http://www.magi.com/~kk/tbi2.html Another step by step guide, but using Lview Pro on the PC.
http://www.icce.rug.nl/misc/examples.html Examples of opaque versus transparent backgrounds.


Table 8-5 Hexidecimal RGB Color Specifications


Hex ValueColor
#000000White
#FFFFFFBlack
#FF0000Red
#00FF00Green
#FFFF00Yellow
#FF00FFMagenta
#00FFFFCyan
#00000FFBlue


Table 8-6 Sources of Background Images


LocationDescription
http://the-tech.mit.edu/KPT/bgs.html Thumbnail sketches of a variety of backgrounds and how to make transparent backgrounds.
http://cameo.softwarelabs.com/gini/index.htm A large collection of images, including a large number of backgrounds.


Table 8-7 Text-based Attributes of the HTML <BODY> Tag


<BODY> Attribute Description
TEXTBasic text
VLINKVisited link
ALINKActive link
LINKAll other links


Table 8-8 Sources of Clip Art and Other Images


LocationDescription
http://cameo.softwarelabs.com/gini/index.htm Over 1500 buttons, bars, and other common icons.
http://cameo.softwarelabs.com/
hotlist/hotlist.htm
Pointers to a very large collection of images.
http://wuarchive.wustl.edu/
multimedia/images/gif/
A comprehensive album of images with a searchable catalog.
http://home.netscape.com/
assist/net_sites/starter/samples/index.html
Images from Netscape.
http://www.stars.com/Vlib/Providers/
Images_and_Icons.html
A variety of images and icons.


Table 8-9 Sources of HTML Source Guides


LocationDescription
http://www.w3.org/hypertext/
WWW/Provider/Style/Overview.html
The style guide from CERN.
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/
gdr11/style-guide.html
Useful extensions to the CERN Guide.
http://info.med.yale.edu/caim/
StyleManual_Top.HTML
Another useful style guide that considers performance issues.


Table 8-10 Sources of Web Page Templates


LocationDescription
http://home.netscape.com/assist/
net_sites/starter/samples/templates/index.html
Netscape's contribution - 15 or so useful starting points.
http://www.inform.umd.edu:8080/EdRes/
Faculty_Resources_and_Support/template
Templates for course material.


Table 8-11 Lists of HTML Editors


LocationDescription
http://www.w3.org/hypertext/WWW/
Tools/Overview.html
Extensive list from the WWW Consortium.
http://www.yahoo.com/Computers/
World_Wide_Web/HTML_Editors
Yahoo List.
http://sdg.ncsa.uiuc.edu/~mag/
work/HTMLEditors/unixlist.html
UNIX-specific list.



Table 8-12 Further Reading on Getting Your Web Pages Known


LocationDescription
http://www.webcom.com/html/publicize.html A comprehensive discussion of the various options for getting your pages known.
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/gdr11/
old-publish.html
As above.