Web Page Creation Course Guide -- Fall 2000 See Spring 2001

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You will develop the skills to create a Web page using both HTML and Netscape Composer. You will also learn how to display your page on free Web servers like Geocities or Angel Fire.  Your Web page will include: 
  1. At least three internal links
  2. At least three external links
  3. At least three graphics including an animated e-mail graphic
  4. At least three different font sizes and headings

Required Text

HTML for the World Wide Web, Fourth Edition, by Elizabeth Castro. Published in 2000 by Peachpit Press. ISBN 0-201-35493. See Web site

As you use this textbook, you will find these sites, created by the textbook's author, valuable companions to the textbook:

Corrections and updates to your textbook are found at

Although only the Castro text cited above is required for the course, Mr. Gordon believes you will also find this textbook very helpful: Creating a Web Page, Fourth Edition, by Paul McFedries, published in 2000 by Que.

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Mr. Gordon intends to teach as many of the following aspects of Web Page Creation as time permits. On-line course materials including a link to this course guide can be found here:

Page numbers after each item refer to the pages items are introduced in the Peachpit textbook HTML for the World Wide Web, by Elizabeth Castro. No page number next to an item means that the text does not cover this item. Such items will be taught with the help of the instructor’s notes or handouts.

The work on Netscape Composer is not in the textbook, but Mr. Gordon will show you where you can find Web Page tutorials on Netscape Composer that can take the place of having a separate textbook for this aspect of the curriculum.

Time allocation, all approximations, are based on 15 hours of class time. *An asterisk next to an item means that it is optional and will only be covered if time permits. The listing of items is adapted from the Table of Contents of your HTML textbook.

1 Introduction to course (1/2 hour)

Checking student roll, distributing handouts, discussion of course guide, attendance policy, etc.

2 Starting your Web page (1 hour)

  1. Viewing in your browser the source codes of a resume Web page to serve as a model of your own first Web page
  2. Creating a template with the basic HTML codes to apply to new Web pages
  3. Designing your site, p 32
  4. Organizing your files, p. 33
  5. Creating a new Web page, p 34
  6. Starting your Web page, p 35
  7. Creating a title, p 37
  8. Starting a new paragraph, p 39
  9. Saving your Web page, p. 40
  10. Viewing your page in a browser, 42

3 Text formatting (1 hour)

  1. About deprecated tags, p 44
  2. Changing the font, p 45
  3. Making text bold or italic, p 46
  4. Choosing a default size for text, p 47
  5. Changing text size, p 48
  6. Choosing a default color for text, p 50
  7. Creating superscripts and subscripts, p 52
  8. Striking out or underlining text, p 53
  9. Using a monospace font, p 54
  10. Making text blink, p 55
  11. Hiding text (adding comments), p 56

4 Adding graphics (1 hours)

  1. Getting images, 61
  2. Making images smaller, 62   
  3. Saving images in different formats, p 73, 76
  4. Making images load more quickly
  5. Creating transparent images, p 70
  6. Inserting images, p 82
  7. Offering alternate text, p 83
  8. Specifying size for speedier viewing, p 84
  9. Linking icons to external images, p 86
  10. Using low resolution images, p 87
  11. Aligning images, p 93

5 Page Layout (1 hour)

  1. Using background color, p 98
  2. Using background images, p 99
  3. Centering elements on a page, p 100
  4. Specifying the margins, p 101
  5. Creating a line break, p 102
  6. Keeping lines together, p 103
  7. Creating Discretionary line breaks, p 104
  8. Specifying space between paragraphs, p 105
  9. Creating indents, p 106
  10. Creating indents (with lists), p 107
  11. Using block quotes, p 110

6 Creating links (1 hour)

  1. Creating a link to another Web page, p 118
  2. Creating anchors, p 120
  3. Linking to a specific anchor, p 121
  4. *Targeting to specific windows, p 122
  5. Using images as links, p 128

7 Creating lists (1 hour)

  1. Creating ordered lists, p 136
  2. Creating unordered lists, p 138
  3. Creating definitions lists, p 140

8 Creating tables (1 hour)

  1. Creating a simple table, p 145
  2. Adding a border, p 146
  3. Changing the border color, p 147
  4. Setting the width, p 148
  5. Centering a table on the page, p 149
  6. Wrapping text around a table, p 150
  7. Adding space around a table, p 151
  8. Adding a cell's contents, p 155
  9. Using background image, p 159

*9 Using frames (1 hour -- optional -- only covered if time permits)

  1. *Creating a simple frameset, p 168
  2. *Creating frames in columns, p 170
  3. *Creating frames in rows and columns, p 170
  4. *Targeting links to particular frames, p 181
  5. *Creating alternative to frames, p 185

*10 Creating a form (1 hour - optional - only covered if time permits)

  1. *Sending form data via e-mail, p 194
  2. *Using a form hosting service, p 195
  3. *Creating text boxes, p 196
  4. *Creating password boxes, p 197
  5. *Creating larger text areas, p 198
  6. *Creating radio buttons, p 199
  7. *Creating checkboxes, p 200
  8. *Creating menus, p 201
  9. *Creating the submit button, p 206
  10. *Using an image to submit data, p 210

11 Introduction to cascading style sheets (1 hour)

  1. Advantages of using style sheets, p 240
  2. Disadvantages of using style sheets, p 241
  3. Creating an internal style sheet, p 244
  4. Creating an external style sheet, p 246
  5. Using an external style sheet, p 247
  6. Formatting text with styles, p 257-272
  7. Layout with styles, p 273-290

12 Publishing and promoting your page on the Web (1 hour)

  1. Using a free service such as Geocities or Angelfire
  2. Testing your page first before uploading to your server, p 330
  3. Getting your own domain name, p 333
  4. Uploading files to your server, p 344
  5. Getting visitors, p 339-348

13 Introduction to HTML editors (4 hours)

This aspect of course is not covered in our textbook, but you will get a list of Web site tutorials covering both Composer and Dreamweaver.

  1. Using Netscape Composer to create a resume and to re-create several of the exercises done in HTML. (Not covered in text)
  2. Quick overview of the html editor Dreamweaver   

14 Closing (1 1/2 hours)

    8.1 Review, exam, course evaluations.

*Optional -- only covered if time permits.

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Grading Options

You have two grade options: 
  1. S (Satisfactory). This choice is for you if you hope to earn one credit and achieve an S (Satisfactory) that equates to a Passing grade.
  2. X (Audit). This is the choice for you if you wish to audit the class.
As an auditing student, you attend classes for informational purposes only. You will receive neither a grade nor credit for the course. This is the best option if you wish to enjoy the course without the pressure of required exams and exercises. Although Mr. Gordon encourages you to try the exams and exercises, you are not obligated to do them. You are, however, expected to attend all class sessions. 

Students who select the S option will automatically end up with an X (no credit) grade if they do not meet the requirements for Passing. You must tell your instructor your choice within the first class hour. Once you make a choice, you may not change it.

The S option (Passing). Here are the requirements you must meet if you select this option:

  1. Do five of the assigned Exercises in this course guide. Your instructor will tell you which of the exercises you will be required to do. Additional ones beyond those required may be done for extra credit.
  2. Be absent from class no more than two hours.
  3. Take class quizzes and the final exam.
  4. Work on the course content or related enrichment materials throughout the course hours.*

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*Regarding this last item, occasionally a student signs up for this course who already is a competent and experienced in creating Web pages, perhaps expecting to coast to an easy credit with an Passing grade. If you take the course already knowing the curriculum, Mr. Gordon will require you to make constructive use of class time by expanding your knowledge beyond the basic curriculum. You may do so by (1) working ahead on the Exercises or the class Project on your own, and (2) arranging with Mr. Gordon to work on a special Web page project meeting you individual needs.

Regardless of how well you do on the Exercises and final exam, wasting class time will result in reducing your class average by lowering your participation grade.

How an S (Satisfactory grade is determined
  1. Five Exercises will be worth a total of 50 points (50%) toward your final grade, 10 points for each Exercise.
  2. Class project will be worth 20 points (20%) toward your final grade and will be handed in at the end of class on Sunday.
  3. Class participation — which includes working on content-related materials throughout the course hours — will count for 10 points (10%) toward your final grade.
  4. Your final exam will be worth 20 points (20%).

The X grade. If you earn less than 70 points, your final grade will be X. You will also receive an X if you have elected to Audit the class. X stands for both (1)Audited or (2) showed progress, but did not meet the requirements for pass


The W grade. For students who are absent for more than two hours of the class. 


5% deduction for each missing homework assignment and additional exercise. In addition to the graded Exercises, class Project, and final exam, your instructor will require that you complete additional Exercises, homework or other assignments. Some of these additional Exercises are included in this Course Guide, but others may be distributed later in the course. For each missed or unsatisfactory assignment, Mr. Gordon will deduct 5% from your class average. 

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Extra credit work. You may gain up to 5 points by doing extra credit assignments. Consult with Mr. Gordon about the nature of extra credit work that may be designed to fit your job needs and interests. For example, you may be given the extra credit option for creating a Web page for your club, church, company, or home business.

Academic Honesty and Behavior

The following statement is from a memo of the college administration. This statement applies to this class: 
Computer software and hardware should be used properly. In addition, each student’s behavior in the classroom is expected to contribute to a positive teaching and learning environment. The instructor has the authority to request the student to leave the classroom if the disruptive behavior continues.

Registered Students Only

This statement, too, comes from the college administration and also applies to this course:

Other than in an emergency when specifically approved by the Provost of the Tarpon Springs Center, employees and students shall not bring children to work or class other than for an occasional quick visit, to drop off a paper, pick up materials or other similar activities. In no case is a child to be left unattended on college premises

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Here, too, is a college administrative statement applying to this course:  

Attendance at all ... Computer Institute class meetings/times is mandatory. Permission for an excused absence must be obtained from the ... instructor and must be based on extreme circumstances. Any absence, as determined by the instructor, may result in the student being dropped from the class.

Maximum two-hour absence for credit eligibility. Using this administrative statement as a guideline, your instructor has determined that students may be denied course credit if they miss more than two hours of class time. Understand that your instructor expects you to be in class on time and to attend all class hours. If you anticipate that you will not be able to meet this attendance obligation, you should select Audit for your grade choice. If an emergency arises causing your absence, call Mr. Gordon at 727-771-9328. An unexplained absence will suggest to your instructor that you did not have a serious reason for missing valuable class time. 

Missed work must be made up. If you miss class because of an excused lateness or absence, it is your responsibility to get the missing notes, handouts, and to make up the missed work

Safeguarding equipment

No food or drink is allowed in the classroom. A spilled drink or food particles could lead to costly computer repairs. At the end of each class, please be sure to (1) exit properly from all running programs, and (2) turn off your computer, monitor and printer.

Final Exam Question Bank

  • For the final exam, your instructor will select twenty questions from the following possibilities. You will not know in advance the twenty questions your instructor will choose. Therefore, to be on the safe side, know the answers to all the possibilities.
  • If you are taking the course for credit, you will take this test under conventional test-taking conditions, without the help of notes or assistance from others. The time limit is 60 minutes. Each question will be worth 1 point for a total possible score of 20, making this test worth 20% of your final course grade.
  • The page number after each question refers to the pages in your HTML textbook where you can find the answer.
  • Base your answers on information in your textbook on the cited pages.     

  1. What does HTML stand for? p 12
  2. What is the software called that allows us to view a Web page? p 13
  3. Give an example of angle brackets. p 21
  4. How do browsers treat any extra spaces that exist between tags in your HTML document? p 24
  5. What mistake did John make when he named a Web page file this way? INDEX.HTML p 26
  6. Where should your HTML tag first appear in your Web page? p 35
  7. In most browsers, where does the title of your Web page appear? p 37
  8. Why should you choose carefully the title of your Web page? p 37
  9. When would you use these tags <H1></H1>? p 38
  10. When you save a document as a Web page using a simple text editor like WordPad, what extension should you use for your file name? 41
  11. What does it mean if an HTML code is deprecated by WC3? p 43
  12. Why might you be making a mistake if you use Cascading Style Sheets? p 44
  13. If in your HTML code you specify a font that the viewer does not have installed on his/her system, what font will appear on the screen? p 45
  14. How many basefont sizes should you use in a HTML document? p 47
  15. When are the <BIG> and <SMALL> tags used? p 49
  16. Explain the difference between a superscript and a subscript? You can use an example of each in your explanation. p 52
  17. By default what are the two fonts specified in your browser's preferences? p 54
  18. If you use the Blink code and most of you viewers are using Microsoft Explorer, what mistake would you be making? p 55
  19. What are the two most popular formats for graphics on the Web, and what format is gaining in popularity? p 57
  20. What are three ways you can get graphics for your Web pages? p 61
  21. If you create your own images, you should save them at what dpi and what format? p 61
  22. Why would you want to reduce the physical size of your images? p 62
  23. What is special about an interlaced GIF89a graphic? p 73
  24. We won't be making animated GIFs in class, but what is one inexpensive program you can use to create animations? p 74
  25. When is it the best time to check out the size of an image on one of your Web pages? p 77
  26. Why would you want to create a low resolution image? p 78
  27. Within what time limit should you aim to have your Web page load? 82
  28. Why should you offer alternate text with a graphic? 83
  29. How do you figure out the size of an image using Explorer? 84
  30. When is it a good idea to use miniature images? 86
  31. What does the BGCOLOR tag allow you to do? 98
  32. What must you be careful about when using a background image? 99
  33. When would you want to use the BR tag instead of the P tag? 102
  34. Why might you want to use the UL tag? p 107
  35. What is usually the name of the default file in a Web site? 118
  36. How do you create a link to a particular location on a Web page? 119
  37. When are you required to put quotation marks around an anchor name? 120
  38. How is an ordered list different from an unordered list? 135, 137
  39. When should you use an external style sheet instead of an internal style sheet? 244
  40. Why would you use a HTML validator? 323
  41. What is a big advantage of using style sheets? 240
  42. What is the biggest disadvantage of style sheets? 241
  43. How does a comment tag begin? 245
  44. What is the number one problem people face in trying to create Web pages? 323
  45. Why is it important to view your Web pages in both Netscape and Explorer? 325, 326
  46. Why should you avoid saving images in BMP format? 327
  47. What are three things to consider when selecting a Web hosting service? 332
  48. What is a big advantage of having your own domain name? 333

See Course Project and Exercises -- additional sections of the Course Guide

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