MUSIC 701 HTML Primer

This document provides a basis for creating your own HTML pages. You can use cut and paste commands to create your own documents that link to the instructor's HTML pages and to those of fellow students.

As a first step, use "VIEW-DOCUMENTSOURCE" in your browser to see the HTML text that generates the image you are reading right now. Select and copy this entire document, and then paste it into a new file in your HTML editor. Save this in your own computer with a standard filename such as Renwick.htm.

Now, read through the material in your new document, line by line. You will notice that every HTML command is enclosed in < > signs, and written in upper-case. Most commands are paired, such that the first command begins a formatting procedure, and a comparable one later on turns it off. For example, italics starts as and ends as , where the "/" turns the underlining off. By comparing the "source" code in the editor with that in the HTML viewer, you can see effect of the various HTML commands.

Now, you can begin to replace content in you new file. For example, change the title (fourth line) to something like "Student X's Music-701 home-page". This will show in the top of the window of the viewer.

After each change, save your work and then test it.

Now change the first heading, (line 8) to something like "Student X's music-701 home-page"

Each report that you write should be saved as a separate file and placed in your pubhtml directory, where others can access it. And each file should have a characteristic name, like mozart.htm, for example.

In order that other students can comment on your work, you must number each paragraph of each report, using the following system (view the source to understand the system):

1. This is the first paragraph, blah, blah, blah.

2. This is the second paragraph, blah, blah, blah.

3. This is the third paragraph, blah, blah, blah.

In the course of your reports you may have need to refer to a document created by another student or by the instructor. In that case you would insert the following code to point to that location: as shown in the Music 701 home page., where #3 refers to paragraph 3 of the target document. Note that the total reference must include [start backet]A HREF="location+document+paragraph number"[end backet] and the end of the reference closes with [start bracket]/A[end bracket]. Obviously, if a document that you are pointing to does not have paragraph addresses, then you can't use this method. If it is a short document, you can leave out the paragraph number; otherwise you would be better off copying and pasting the quote into your report, and including a referece to its source, with the full html address.

If everyone follows this system, then we will be able (I hope) to create an interesting interactive method in which to develop and refine our thoughts as the term proceeds.