VCCS Litonline Introduction to Literature
|Title of Writing Assignment
Details of the writing assignment go in this position inside this one-cell table, to the right of the icon you select (could we all agree on one?), and make sure the icon goes to the left by right-clicking on it, selecting "Image Properties" --"Appearance," and setting "Alignment" to "Left."
[One-cell table = 95% width, not pixel numbers, since 800x600 screen resolution will shrink the print and perhaps distort the table instead of spreading it. Set "Table properties" to "align" center, 95% width, and 5 pixel "padding" so the print doesn't abut the 1 pixel wide default border.
Insert the "typehand.gif" image and set its "Image properties"--"Appearance" to align "left" and its "horizontal spacing" to 5 pixels, so the print won't abut it.]
Here on the first writing assignment of your module and on your site map, place links to your compilation of all the writing tasks in your module [centered with at least 5 spaces between links]. Warn students that "Generic Text" will open in their browser and have to be copied and pasted into whatever word processor is on the computer they are using--probably Notepad and Wordpad--or copy the link to explanations in "Understanding Poetry" for opening and in later assignments copy the link for reopening a word processor:
Word 7 (.doc) Rich Text Format (.rtf) Generic Text (.txt)
Previous Page--Site Map--Next Page
NOTE: You can use words only, buttons or pictorial icons with words on them or below them to make these links--but put virtually all of your page links--internal and essential, noncontextual external links--on your site map.
Explanatory Notes and Principles--Inside Pages
1. URL: Because aol's browser (and maybe others) doesn't show locations (I guess), we should encourage students to download a real browser, preferably Netscape. But we should also place the page URL at the bottom of each of our pages under the page-turning links (or navbar) for inside pages and either there or in the bottom line of the cover table for covers, as shown above.
2. No Hover Buttons: Since JAVA-based hover buttons are not visible to America Online users or other users of non-JAVA browsers, we shouldn't use them (if we did we'd have to duplicate page turners anyway to have a visible page link).
3. Replace Scratch Pads with Writing Assignment Tables: The format for first-impression writings shown above is a single-cell table (1x5x2)(border =1, padding = 5, spacing = 2). I recommend setting "Image Properties"--"Appearance"--"Horizontal Spacing" to 5 so the print isn't right on top of the photo.
4. Providing Scratch Pad Questions in .doc, .rtf, and .txt files: I've worked out a process for doing this. It's listed on page 3 of the "Understanding Poetry" module--at the first "scratch pad" informal writing of the module. Accompanying hints will help beginners. You may link to these hints (both have "targets" or "bookmarks") or copy them to your own page of hints, as you please.
5. Find pictorial page turning icons. I had a green skull for Hamlet but searched for "chess" instead and used a knight and its mirror image for "previous" and "next," plus a rook and a king for "first" and "last" page links, using a chessboard with rather human-looking figures as the site map symbol at the bottom of each page, hotlinked to "sitemap.html" in the Hamlet site.
6. Can you revise your syllabus to conform to this Style Guide? I've changed my cover, listed the syllabus parts as most of the site map, and found page-turning icons (left and right arrows and world geophysical map sized down to about 64 x 85 pixels).