The following two courses are linked here for historical completeness: they were originally designed as pre-cursor and follow-on to the HTML I and HTML II courses. They are not currently being taught in this form, and the Web pages have not been maintained. There are other on-line Introductions to the Internet that are more up-to-date.
Introduction to the World Wide Web.
As with conventional writing, the first step to becoming a web author is to become a web reader. The prerequisite to becoming a web reader is a basic orientation to the internet and the world wide web generally. Computer Services has offered several introductory internet seminars, many in conjunction with the Reference Librarians. We may at some time consolidate those on-line reference materials and "slide shows" with the on-line introductory materials linked here.
So what's all this world wide web stuff about anyway? This course is designed with the complete WWW and computer novice in mind. We will first discuss the orgins of the WWW, what the goals and intents of it's original designers were, and how that has changed into something so mind-bogglingly useful that you can hardly pick up a magazine or newspaper that doesn't mention it somewhere. Definitions of terms and "Buzzwords" will be given so you can say things like "I was surfing through Yahoo yesterday and came across this great link to a Dilbert archive homepage, want me to mail you the URL?". Stun your friends and awe your enemies. Learn how to use Netscape like the pros do to navigate the web quickly and fearlessly.
This course has not yet been revised to reflect the new server environment. Consider yourself a WWW guru? Well you will be for sure after this course. The primary focus will be on that most important aspect of advanced web page design: Interactive Forms. Learn what you need to do to grab people's attention and keep them coming back to your pages. CGI is the name of the game. CGI will be taught using Perl and C to do simple things at first, like email forms and voting booths, then more advanced things like on-line catalogs and stores. Don't let the programming languages scare you, several tools are available to make your life easier, and we will discuss how to use them.
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