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Proofreading

 

One of the advantages of the people2 server is that you can proofread a new page before you publish it or update any of your pages so that they link to it (and, similarly, you can proofread a revised page before you publish it):

  1. Launch FireFox (or another web browser -- but we do recommend using FireFox for routine proofreading, because it supports bookmarking a folder on your computer disk drive).

  2. If you have already gone through these steps, including step 6, choose the appropriate bookmark from your "Bookmarks" menu; otherwise, choose "Open File" from the "File" menu.

  3. Navigate to, select, and open your new or revised web page on your personal computer's disk drive.

  4. Observe that the address in the box now starts with "file:///" instead of "http://"; this indicates that you are looking at a page from your computer's disk drive, not from the internet.

  5. Inspect the page, to ensure that you have achieved what you intended.  In particular, check each link, to make sure that it goes to the destination you want, and scan the page for peculiar characters that may have resulted when you pasted content from another application (e.g., Microsoft Word by default uses "curly quotes," which are platform-specific, instead of "straight quotes," which are the same on Windows and Macintosh).
     
    If you discover an opportunity to improve your page, you may do so immediately; after saving the change, you will still see the old version in your browser until you reload the page (FireFox permits you to do this three ways:  by clicking on a toolbar button, by taking the "Reload" choice from the "View" menu, or by using a keyboard shortcut -- control-R in Windows and command-R in Macintosh).

  6. If you have not already done so:

    • click in your browser's address box, remove the filename, press the return key, and observe the listing of the files and folders, including the file you have just been proofreading.  From this listing, you can inspect any page of your site, whether it has been published and linked to from another page, or not.

    • select "Add Bookmark" from the "Bookmarks" menu.

  7. This will permit you to return easily to that directory listing for future proofreading exercises, by selecting the bookmark from the "Bookmarks" menu, instead of having to use steps 2 and 3, above. 

Internet Explorer on Windows and Safari on Macintosh are integrated with those operating systems in ways that make the approach of steps 6 and 7 awkward, at best.  That is why in step 1 we suggested using FireFox for routine proofreading.

Because your personal pages are visible to people who may well choose to use a different web browser than you do, it is wise to proofread your pages with multiple web browsers -- Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, etc. -- in addition to Mozilla's FireFox. This is particularly important any time you use a new HTML, CSS, or javascript feature, where you don't already have experience that demonstrates consistent behavior of the various browsers.  If you can, it is also good to proofread your pages on a smartphone or other small-screen mobile device's browser, not just on a full-size computer.  It is easier, and probably reasonable, to do this multi-browser proofreading from the server, after uploading the pages.

The first time you upload files to people2, you should look at them with your browser, to confirm that they are intact.  Be sure to look at a web page that contains an image that is yours, and be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the web page; if both HTML and image files uploaded correctly, it is very likely that all files uploaded correctly.