This initial document is a discussion of the training issues that result when we turn over web sites to their owners. Later we can expand it to include maintenance of large sites such as the Political Science Department's.
The training materials need to be generic and fairly all-encompassing. The results of a recent survey show that 80% of campus professors work on their web sites at home. Hence, we cannot assume any standardization of web site tools, computing power, software packages, etc.
We have agreed to limit the tools we use for developing web sites to those that are easily understood. For example, Fusion creates "unreadable" html and should not be used when developing sites for professors.
At hand-off, professors should receive the following
A. Revision issues
1. How to point communicator at web page and issue file/edit page command.
2. Explain that the file is saved locally and will need to be uploaded when done.
a. Explain the difference between servers and PCs.3. Explain the basics of HTML
b. Explain the difference between public and non-public directories.
c. Explain the function of the CHMOD command in UNIX.
d. Walk them through several UNIX commands.
a. View source4. Give examples of how to make some changes to the code via text editor and WYSIWYG editor.
b. Explain the basic structure of HTML files
c. List common style tags: heading, paragraph, break, ruler
d. Discuss common link tags: image, href, email.
a. Add some text5. Upload the file via three methods:
b. Edit text and spacing
c. Add a link and image
d. Change some colors
a. Use the publish command6. Explain how to view posted results
b. Use the browser as an FTP client
c. Use a real FTP client like WSFTP or RapidFiler
a. Browser needs to point at the distant siteB. Trouble shooting issues
b. Need to reload page so as to clear cache.
1. Changes in appearance of documents between browsers
a. Differences between Netscape vs. MS2. Difficulties with three letter extensions.
b. Differences between HTML 3 and 4
a. Composer changes title of index.html when moved locally3. Problems with FTPing
b. WSFTP truncates .HTML extension to .HTM on upload (ditto RapidFiler)
a. How to determine true path to one's directory using finger4. Problems with links
b. Common failures of the "publish" command: wrong path; bad bug
c. How to move files that are in the wrong directory
d. How to remotely add, delete, and rename files and directories
a. Explain relative vs. absolute linksCreation of these materials could get out of hand if we try to throw in everything we all know. We should keep it short and very targeted to our audience. An example of how part of the manual might look follows:
b.Composer "Preference" setting that mangles all relative links on upload
All Web pages share a simple and common structure. HTML code is indifferent to case, so feel free to type in lower case, upper case, or mix and match up a ransom note. The code uses a simple toggling scheme. All tags have an inception tag and a closing tag that uses a slash. However, there are three tags that can currently stand alone: <p> gives you a double return, <br> gives you a single return, and <hr> gives you a ruler. This exception will change as Web publishing migrates to XML. XML and its superset SGML require that all tags have answering closing tags..
<TITLE>Enter a descriptive filename here</TITLE>
Text and tags.
The body section contains all of the information that you wish to publish. It generally contains text that is formatted by tags. It also contains tags that establish links to other parts of the same file (anchors), links to other web pages (links), or links to different media (resources), such as pictures, sounds, or movies.
Once you have typed in the basic HTML code and personalized the body area with some witty remarks, close and save the file using the PICO menu at the bottom of your telnet window. You can do this in two ways. If you plan to return to edit some more, you "write out" the file.
Control O (saves the file onto the hard disk of the host computer)
Enter (confirms the name of the file that you are saving)
If you plan to close the file or create a new file, you exit.
Control X (closes the file)
Y (type yes to the save request)
Enter (confirms that the file name is index.html)
Now view your work using a browser. Launch a Web browser like Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer. Use the open location command or location header to enter the URL.
Common tags for a basic page
Your homepage should probably begin with your name. Although you could just type it into the body area, it would appear as small, plain text. To format your name in large bold type, enclose it within a heading-level one tag.
There are six levels of heading: h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6. They get smaller as the number increases. You could also achieve the same effect by using separate bold and size tags, but heading levels are faster and simpler.
To make your name stand out, you might wish to set it off from the following text with a ruler. This will require a heading-ruler tag and some spacing tags. Separate the line from your name with one or both of two return tags: <p> gives you two returns; <br> gives you a single return. Then type the ruler tag <hr> and some return tags after to separate the line from subsequent text or images.
A simple link that allows viewers to mail you information.
<A HREF="mailto:yourID@your email address">Send me mail.</A>
A link to a file
<A HREF="resume.html">Check out my resume </A>
This line of code tells the browser to load a page that is titled resume.html and is found in the same directory as the index.html page. One can also link to other directories or servers by typing a path before the file name. For example:
<A HREF="http://www.yahoo.com">My favorite directory </A>
etc. etc. etc.
-Where _are_ my files
-Backing up files
-Where to go to learn more...
-Software tools: Mac & Windows
~Is it for you
-Password protection of content
-Live discussion groups
*How to Assess your Site
-Are your needs being met?
*What type of delivery system for user training?
-traditional classroom training (inc. video-teleconferencing)
~may be best for one-time class or w/specialized needs
~could be impractical for large class
~may need a mixture of both stand-alone & classroom
~written instructions: how to log on, etc.
-web-based training - fixed costs can be large, marginal cost small
~internet, can be sluggish
~intranet - fast, easy to update, rising star in business training
~may be too costly/impractical for small budget