Apr 5
2016
3:16 PM

Assignment 6: Scalar Project

Instead of a final exam, you will complete a Scalar project of at least 2,000 words (approximately the length of a 5-page paper) on an academic topic agreed on in advance with the instructor. If you have not already done so, please make arrangements to meet with me this week (April 4-8) to discuss your proposed project topics. The project is due Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 11:59 PM PDT (during finals week).

Scalar has a number of affordances which you are expected to take advantage of in developing your project:

  • The content of your project should be distributed over at least 3 pages
  • Your project should have a table of contents
  • There should be one or more paths through the pages
  • Your project should incorporate media (images, video, audio)
  • Your project should have notes (equivalent of footnotes)

If you have questions about using Scalar, you should consult the Scalar 2 User’s Guide .

Mar 30
2016
11:57 PM

Website

My site can be found at here.

There is an internal link to an about me page as well as an external link to my linked in account along with a header containing my contact information.

Mar 30
2016
8:43 PM

Website

This is my website on a real person that i know, although I talked in the first person as him. All the facts about him are real except that I am not him. I choose the blue and grey colors because they remind me of  the ocean.  Here is my link http://home.sandiego.edu/~jcharmello/

Mar 30
2016
8:42 PM
Mar 29
2016
4:40 PM
Mar 24
2016
9:50 PM

A POET’S WORK

My page is dedicated to the literary and visual arts:  Mainly poetry and images that I find have some poetic sensibilities (which means – I liked the pictures for some strange reason).

ON THE PROCESS:

I had some difficulty with the external css.  I had to reword the line:

<link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”poetic.css”>

Once I did that, it worked.  I went to: http://www.w3schools.com/css/css_howto.asp for help. I copied their example:  <link rel=“stylesheet” type=“text/css” href=“mystyle.css”>.  I swapped out “mystyle.css” for my more “poetic.css” and I was in business.  Then I spent way too many hours changing colors and building borders.  I was like a toddler with a white wall and crayons, and no adult supervision.

MY PAGE:

http://home.sandiego.edu/~pzhilburn/HilburnPoetics/DropTheMic.html

PS-It might not be mobile phone friendly, but it still comes up looking pretty cool (and the links work too).

Mar 22
2016
1:44 PM

Assignment 5 Technical Hint 3

HTML escape codes

You may find the way HTML handles special characters a challenge. Molly has already solved this problem for the apostrophe in the word “y’all”. Use the view source feature of your browser to take a look at her webpage for an example of how to use HTML escape characters. You can find many lists of HTML escape characters on the internet. This one is a reasonable place to start.

Mar 22
2016
1:10 PM

Assignment 5 Technical Hint 2

Link to an external CSS stylesheet

I’ve noticed that most of you are still putting style directives in the header section of your HTML file, like this:

<html>
<head>
<style>
p {color:gray;}
body {font-family: Andale Mono; font-size: 150%}
</style>
...
</head>
<body>
...
</body>
</html>

It’s considered best practice to put style directives in an external .css file, and to link to it from your HTML file like this:

<html>
<head>
<link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="wyldstyle.css"/>
...
</head>
<body>
...
</body>
</html>
Mar 20
2016
2:02 PM

Assignment 5 Technical Hint 1

Editing HTML using TextEdit

Some of you have had problems with unexpected garbage characters appearing when you view your HTML files (e.g., “Ted’s” instead of “Ted’s”). The reason for this is that TextEdit uses smart quotes by default, and you have to explicitly turn off this feature. Open TextEdit and go to Preferences (click on the image below to enlarge). Under Format (at the top), make sure to check the radio button for Plain text instead of Rich text. Under Options (at the bottom), make sure to uncheck the checkboxes for Smart quotes and Smart dashes. Close and reopen TextEdit for your changes to take effect. You will then have to re-edit your file so that all of the single and double quotes are the plain old vanilla single and double quote characters. (You’ll know you’ve got the correct ones when the open quote and close quote characters look exactly the same.)

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Mar 19
2016
8:48 PM

Assignment 5: HTML webpage

Instead of the usual handout, I’m publishing this post for you to refer to when working on Assignment 5. The deliverable for Assignment 5 is for you to create an HTML webpage introducing yourself (the way you would on, say, Facebook), and to upload it using the USD Unet File Manager to your personal HTML webpage on home.sandiego.edu. Your webpage should include at least one image, at least one external hyperlink, and use an external .css file to control font family, color, and size attributes. When you’ve done so, please publish a post here on the English 294 WordPress site pointing to your webpage. (Unlike previous assignments, there is no length requirement for the WordPress post, although I’d appreciate something more than just the hyperlink itself.)

In the interest of Internet privacy, your self-introduction may introduce an entirely fictional “self”, along the lines of the Manatee character from the in-class demo. But be sure to follow the conventions of the genre: write in the first person, and embellish your character (e.g., “I’m a manatee. I live in Florida. I hang out at the power plant with all the other manatees when the weather is cold. I like to eat heads of lettuce.” You get the idea.)

The assignment is due Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM PDT.