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RE: high school art web pages

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Wed, 08 Apr 1998 21:00:51 -0400

I discovered that you could create web pages using the Edit/Compose
feature of Netscape Navigator - I believe you need at least version 3.0
or higher. I am using Netscape Communicator vers. 4.0. This is easy,
simple, and you do not have to learn any html code. Maybe it is just my
dominant right brain (which is also why I use a Mac) - but I hate the
thought of writing code to accomplish a task. In Netscape you can just
type directly on the page, and the code is automatically created. When
you want to insert a picture or graphic, you click on the Insert Image
icon - select your image, click OK, and it appears on your page. You can
make links to other pages the same way. Again, the code is automatically
written. If you are using one of these versions of Netscape, all you do
is go to File and New and open a blank page. When it opens, it has a
menu bar across the top. It is really quite self-explanatory. As an Art
teacher of average, unmotivated high school students, I wanted to make
web page design an easy task for my students - not one where they needed
the expertise of a professional programmer. With a little practice it is
easy to change the size of text and images, the color of text and the
background, and so on. There are many web page design resource sites
that have buttons, icons, and things like animated images that you can
copy and paste onto your pages - copyright free. I have also worked with
Adobe PageMill, and it is very similar. But Netscape is free! Once you
create a page, you need to save it as -whatever you want to name it,
but it should be one word, no spaces- and add .htm to the end of the
name. Images you paste into your page need to be in the GIF of jpeg
format, many graphics or photo editing programs will allow you to save
an image in one of those formats, and they also should have a single
word name with .gif or .jpg added to the end. The page and all it's
images need to be in the same folder when saved. If you arrange to have
space on a server with an Internet Service Provider, or your school
server, then all you do is go to File and Publish and by typing in the
proper info - usually ftp://www.your server, your file name, etc. - you
can automatically upload your page. I know I have really not adequately
explained this to someone who has no idea how to make a web page - but I
never received any instruction in it and was able to figure it all out
for myself. It's really easy. You can check out some of my school pages
below to see how it looks.
Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617