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This course is designed to provide you with all the skills necessary to build genealogical web pages, from the basics of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the language of the web, to the details of making pages look appealing and easy to navigate, mounting them on the Internet for others to see and inviting the world in to visit.

The Internet has become one of the major tools for assisting family historians with their research and a personal genealogical web page allows a genealogist to take advantage of this electronic medium for disseminating information. It is often quoted anecdotally that genealogy is one of the three biggest uses of the Internet. This kind of potential audience is simply unimaginable for a paper-based family history.

By the end of the course, each student should have a web page or a series of web pages written, coded, and uploaded to a web server and accessible to the public.

The overall assignment for the course is to produce and mount a web site on a server that is available to the public. The web site may consist of just one main page or a series of pages. The course itself is four weeks long, but you will have six weeks to complete your web site.

Course Content

Module 1

Reasons To Choose The Web
What You Will Need to Build Web Pages on the Internet
A Computer & a Modem
An Internet Service Provider
Word Processing Software
Family Tree Software
File Transfer Software
Web Space
How the Internet & the World Wide Web Works
Various Components of a URL
The Language of the Web: Hypertext Markup Language
The Basics of HTML
Essential Tags on a Web Page
HTML Tags for Presentation
HTML Tags for Dividing or Placing Elements on a Page
Links to Other Pages or Resources
Hyperlinking to an Email Address
Special Characters in HTML
Backgrounds & Colours
Planning Your Web Site
What Kind of Content is Useful on a Genealogical Web Site?
Storyboarding Your Web Site
National Genealogical Society - Genealogical Standards
Guidelines for Publishing Web Pages

Module 2
Producing HTML
Building A Page "By Hand"
Word Processing Software
Netscape Composer
HTML Editors
More Advanced Web Authoring Tools
Learning HTML
Principles of Good Web Design
A Consistent Look
How Long Should Your Web Pages Be?
Design Your Pages for Usability
Design Your Pages for Search Engines
The Title of your Web Page
The First Sentences of a Page
The Entire Page
Meta Tags
Writing for the Web

Module 3
Images In A Web Document
Graphic File Formats
Producing Your Own Images
Using Images Others Have Created
Controlling the Placement of Text & Images on a Page
Nonbreaking Spaces
Transparent One-Pixel Images
More Advanced Web Page Construction
Cascading Style Sheets
Dynamic Web Pages
Putting Genealogical Data on the Web
HTML Output from Your Family Tree Program
GEDCOM to HTML Converters
The WorldConnect Project
Exporting in Other Formats from Your Family Tree Program
Coding Your Own Family Tree Data

Module 4
Additional Options For Your Web Site
Web Page Counters
Mailing Lists
Web Page Tracking Service
A Search Engine
Getting Your Site Ready for the Web
Uploading Your Site
Getting Yourself Noticed on the Web
Maintaining & Updating Your Web Site
A Step-by Step Guide for Building a Web Site: Using Netscape Composer, Rootsweb & the WorldConnect Project
Plan your Site
Set up your Web Server Space
Gather Together all the Information You Plan to Use
Begin the HTML Coding of your Pages
Check Your Web Pages
Uploading Your Files
Test Your Site Immediately
Sending your GEDCOM files to the WorldConnect Project
Advertise Your Site
Selected Books & Web Sites
Learning About the Internet
Finding Software
General Resources for Web Page Developers
Learning HTML
Tools for Creating HTML
Tools for Validating & Checking HTML
Images & Colour for Genealogy Web Pages
GEDCOM to HTML Convertors
GEDCOM Privacy Tools
Family Tree Programs
Family Tree Tools
Web Design
Additions to Your Web Site
Advertising Your Web Site

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