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Website Guidelines (With thanks to Mrs. Graham)

It is VERY important that you follow these guidelines precisely. If you don't, you may lose all information on your disk, losing credit for this project.

1. Name your disk. (Put your disk in the slot; when the icon appears on the desktop, click on the rectangle just below it where it says 'untitled'. Hit 'delete' key. Type in your county name.)
    WARNING!! These computers have been creating new names for disks on their own. Check each time you put yours in and change it back to your name if necessary before opening.

2. Click on the icon above the toolbar in the far right corner to open it, then slide
    down to the Communicator logo (little lighthouse) and click it open.
    (If it's already open, go to Step 3.)
    A lighthouse logo will appear near the center above the toolbar. Click on it
    and slide down to Navigator and click it open.
    (Again, these are often already open in our lab.)
3. Go to: 'File' (on the toolbar)
    'Blank Page' (You will now have a blank web page for construction.)

3A. Whenever you re-open your webpage to continue construction:
    Open 'Netscape Communicator'     Go to 'File' - 'Open'
    Hit 'Page in Composer'
    (If you open your website straight from your disk, your page will open but you can't work on it.*)

4. Go to: 'Format' (on the toolbar)
    'Page Properties'
    -when window opens, click on:
    'Custom Colors'

  Set the background color for your website as follows:
                Red    Green    Blue
W. Virginia
New Jersey
New York        (Ignore this step for the present. Leave background plain)
Rhode Island
    Hit 'OK'.

4a. Establish the color of your 'regular' text. (Make it dark; your background will be light; this will provide easy-to-read contrast.) Hit 'OK'.

4b. Establish the colors for your 'link' text, 'active link' and 'followed link' text. (make these colors dark and contrasting from each other). Hit 'OK' after each one.

4c. To permanently lock in all these colors of step 4, hit 'Apply', then 'OK'. This will close out the 'page properties' box.

5. Title your page as follows: YOUR COUNTY (Don't include state name):
    - Center it    - Bold type
    - All capitals    - 36-pt. typesize
    - Times font  (See toolbar instructions)

WARNING!! SAVE OFTEN!!! These computers have a bad habit of locking up. This means you lose everything you haven't saved. That could be hours of work down the drain.
6. SO.... Save now, as follows:
    -Click on the icon of the disk on the upper left part of the toolbar.
    -The 'Save as...' box will open (make sure the pointer at the top of the box that
    opens points to YOUR disk)
    -Type 'your county name.html' (Warning!! If you don't add the '.html' on
    here, it won't save anything)
    -Hit 'Save'
    To save from now on, just click on the disk icon up top on the left side of the toolbar. That will automatically save everything on your webpage.
    WARNING: Do this every time you add anything.

7. OK. Choose your own font and type size (12 or 14 pt.) and...

8. Start typing.
    Introduce yourself (your name, your year in school, your interests in
    school and out of school, maybe where you grew up, etc.), like this:
    "My name is Mr. Bert Berfel. I teach U.S. History to an outstanding group of
    students at Downers Grove North. I also coach soccer."
    Tell us as much about yourself as you want. You are much more interesting than you give yourself credit for.

9. Links
    Most of the informational part of your website will be brief text leading the reader to website links that have detailed information. Do your research right from the internet at the same time you have your website composer page open. This way you can copy links from the internet straight to your composer page.

    To do this:         Open the internet by going to
        'File' (very top of the screen)
    Now you will have both an internet page AND your composer page
    open at the same time. Slide them one just under the other.
    You bring either one to the front just by clicking on it.
    On the internet, find a location you want to save. (The address will
    be in the horizontal box near the top of the page.)
    Black out the internet address by clicking and holding the
    mouse on it briefly, or 'scanning' it with the mouse held
    down;     -go to 'Edit' (very top of the screen)
    -hit 'Copy'
    Now click on your composer page to bring it to the front of your

     Since I enjoy soccer, I might want to let people know more about the game. So...

Every time you add a link, 'SAVE'!!!!

Common Problem: After you get a link highlighted, before you begin typing again, go up to the second row of the toolbar and click the icon with the letter 'A' with what looks like an eraser sticking out of it. This will return you to your original text color.

10. You can and should check to see if your links work by clicking on the icon on the toolbar that looks like a ship's steering wheel. This allows you to see your website right on the internet. Remember to come back to composer in order to keep working on your website.

11. OK. The thing to do now is to begin to search the internet (Navigator) for as much information as you can about your county. Whenever you find a site with some information, make a link onto your composer page right away, writing a brief description of it on the composer page, so that you will recognize what it is instantly two weeks from now. For example: (bold type would be links)
    a history of the Indians in Smith County
    good road maps of the county
    how Lake Smith was formed
    a gallery of pictures of churches in Smith County

Don't worry now about putting your page in any order. Get as much information as you can about your county and any town in it and turn that information into links.You can put it in proper order later on.

Important:     -If you are on the internet someplace else besides our lab, and don't have the Netscape composer program, you can copy internet addresses by following the directions above, but they must get pasted onto a page from a word processing program, like Claris or Word, etc. That word processing page can then be saved onto a disk which can be brought to school and the addresses 'copied' off of it and 'pasted' onto your composer website. Here's how:
    After you open your composer program here at school, move the page over to the side, exposing the icon of your disk on the desktop. Click on the icon and hold; drag the disk to the trash. (This is how a disk ejects on a Mac.)
    Insert your disk with the saved addresses. Open it up. You will now have your composer page and your word processing page overlapping each other on the desktop. Now it's just a matter of 'copying' an address from the word processor page, then opening a link on the composer page and 'pasting', just like the directions above.

    A last resort is copying an internet address down by hand. This is NOT recommended, as was found the hard way by the first semester students. Any single error of any kind means that your link will not work (reminder: this lowers your grade).
    If you do have to do this.... MAKE SURE THAT YOU ADD THE PREFIX http:// before the www. If you do not add http://, YOUR LINK WILL NOT OPEN NO WAY, NO HOW.
(Many students found this out the hard way first semester.)

Any information you can't get from the internet, you will need to get from:

  1. print sources from a library. These sources will need to be credited on your website using proper bibliographical form.
  2. the contact person you find in your county. (More on this coming up.)


12. After you have accumulated all the information you can and have a bunch of easily-identified links on your composer page, now begin to put them in order and fill in more information, so that your page can be read by a stranger and they will know what you are talking about.


    What you want to do is to create interest in each of your links, so that the reader knows if they want more information about the thing you have linked, they can just click on the link and get it. Tell them enough, but not too much (that's what the link is for - to give them the details). The more links you have, the less you have to write.

Here's a sample of website writing (bold type = a link):

"The history of DuPage County began when a French trapper, known locally as DuPasze, set up camp at the confluence of the east and west branches of the DuPage River."

    The 'history' link would link to a general history of the county.
    The 'French trapper' link would go to a general page about the history of
        French trappers in North America.
    The 'DuPasze' link would link to a page about the trapper DuPasze.
    The 'DuPage River' link would link to information about the river itself.

Four links in one sentence. A reader can just read the sentence and get a very basic history of the county, or can click on any or all of the links and get a whole bunch of information.

NOTE: It's important that you highlight the words in your text that BEST describe what is in your link. Take care with this. For instance, highlighting 'history' is better than highlighting 'DuPage County' or 'began'. Can you see why?

14. Adding photographs or graphics
    Find a picture of your county seal, county flag or some other symbol of your county (building, geographic feature) on your public county internet site. (It must be a public site; otherwise it's a copyright violation.)Let's insert that below your county name.

To move the image from your disk onto your composer webpage:

SAVE!!!! after every picture.

    IMPORTANT: Each jpg or gif must be saved separately to your disk. If they are not included as separate items on your composer disk, the pictures on your website will not open when your site goes on-line.

    WARNING: Don't put too many pictures and images on your webpage.They take a long time to download. You'll lose readers.

15. You've got the basics now. You'll be surprised how quick you'll learn. Have fun.

16. Exiting.
    To exit, just click on the little box in the upper left corner of your composer page, OR go to 'File' and 'Quit'. If you haven't saved everything, a box will appear asking if you want to do so.
    Review: All composer material should be saved as your county name.html, and any pictures (jpg) or graphics (gif) should be saved separately to the disk.
    You can close the internet the same way.
    When your disk appears on the desktop, just drag it to the trash where it will eject.

    Put your disk in the container with Mr. Graham's name on it.

Note: You will not be allowed to take your disk out of the lab unless you have a special carrying case for it. Anyone wanting to take their disk out of the lab for any reason must be approved by the teacher.

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