Internet, implications of Cyberspace for geologic practice: HTML

We have talked a fair amount about the internet, so now is the time to bring that discussion and many of the others together into another mode of presetation (besides Word Processing, Drafting, and PowerPoint-type presentation).

Here are the documents that I generated during the lecture and lab

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World Wide Web

The internet is many things, and your way to get and see things there via the World Wide Web, is through your browser. The two main browsers are Internet Explorer from Microsoft, and Netscape Navigator from Netscape.

Surfing the web

You all are pretty good at this. There is much as far as technology and data formats to talk about, but we will keep that to a minimum for the moment.


Have a look here for an introduction to HTML

Don't forget about the concept of view source onyour browser in which you will be able to see how someone else set up their page.
Very important to remember that HTML means HyperText Markup Language, so you have to make the text look the way you want to and what you see when you look at the source is not how the browser will display it...

Creating your own web pages

Did you already sign up for it?

Do that only once.

Web Pages@ASU

If you are a current student, faculty, or staff member at any of Arizona State University's campuses, then you can create, maintain, and publish your own webpages."
ASU Web resources

HTML editors

There are many tools that let your write HTML
Popular ones are Pagespinner, Composer in Netscape Communicator, etc.
The html editor that I favor is called ALPHA. Alpha is a Shareware Macintosh text editor. I like it because it is simple but very capable.

Let's work on your web pages

1) On the Macintosh side of the computers, connect to your afs space. This can also be done by FTP.
2) Launch Alpha.
3) you need to get into the HTML mode with may have to be done by saving a file to your afs space (www directory) called index.html without any formatting. That should get a menu to appear that will have the Netscape N.
Note that the file called index.html is your actual HOME page and the browsers look for it when they enter your space. From it you can then link off to other pages.
4) Once that appears, select new document under that menu (we will use it almost all of the time).
5) You will get a dialogue box asking about parameters such as background color, etc.
6) Now you are ready. Start typing, and format away. Save often, and then send the file to the broswer to see how it looks occasionally.
7) Link things up by copying the link if you can or otherwise making a note of it, highlighting the link text, and then find links under the html mode menu. You can choose images or actual links.
8) Add images by choosing to link to an image instead of a site.
9) And so on.

Pages maintained by
Prof. Ramón Arrowsmith

Pages last modified on Wed Nov 19 1997.