In order to format pages for the Virtual Geography Department, you should be familiar with basic html, including:
Although the Virtual Geography Department uses frames as a navigational tool, you do not need to be able to make frames.
2.1 Typographic conventions used in these Formatting Instructions
Most instructions are presented in normal text. Sample code appears in
pre-formattedtext and should be reproduced exactly in your modules, unless otherwise noted.
2.2 Required Module Elements
Below are detailed instructions for formatting those items such as navigation tools and a standard footer which should appear on every page of a module . Following those instructions are details on formatting the title page, Facts of Publication page, Module Overview, Supporting Materials page, and Units. Each of these sections except the units will be formatted indentically in eveny module prepared for the Virtual Department. The goal is to provide continuity throughout the materials. The format of units, however, is largely left to undividual authors and working group leaders. Beyond a skeleton outline, which includes the standard navigation and attribution tools, authors have a good deal of freedom. The Unit Formatting instructions below do contain recommendations for the design of units, along with some sample pages.
In order to comply with the instructions below, each of the major sections
of your modules should be placed in a separate html file:
|Title page and Table of Contents||
|Notes on Active Pedagogy||
|Evaluation and Comment forms||
More detailed information about recommended naming conventions may be found in Unit 4: Directory Structure and Links.
|Formatting Instructions for:||Items Which Appear on Every Page:||Navigation Bar|
|Link to the next section|
|Title Page and Front Matter|
Formatting Instructions for Items which should appear on every page
of a Module:
The navigation bar is a table with one row and one column, border width = 2, and links should appear in a single line of text, centered, with each link separated by a "|" (usually shift-\).
|Sample Code: Navigation Bar
<TABLE BORDER=2 CELLPADDING=5 WIDTH="100%" BGCOLOR="#0000FF"> <tr> <td> <p> <center> <a href = "module1.htm"> Module Table of Contents</a> | Up one level (topic page) | Up two levels (working group page) | <a href = http://www.utexas.edu/depts/grg/virtdept/contents.html" target=_top> The Virtual Geography Department </a> </center> </TD> </TR> </TABLE>
3. Footer -- The bottom of each page must include its date of creation, the name of the author, the date of the most recent revision, and the URL for the page. This information should be in a font size one step smaller than that on the rest of the page (Set font size = -1). The footer does not need a link to the Module's revision history because that is maintained in the Facts of Publication page. See the bottom of this page for an example.
|Sample Code: Footer
<font size=-1> <I><HR size=3>Created 22 July 1996 by Shannon Crum. Last updated 22 July 1996 by slc.<br> </I> The URL for this page is <I>http://www.utexas.edu/depts/grg/ virtdept/stylesheets/templates/module2.html </I><P> </font>
The Title Page should contain each of the following items, in order:
This module is part of the Virtual Geography Department Project and has been prepared for the _____________Working Group of the Project. These materials may be used for study, research, and education, but please credit the author and source: Your Name, The Virtual Geography Department Project, Your University. All commercial rights reserved. Copyright 1996 by Your Name. To make suggestions and corrections please contact the Virtual Geography Department Project at firstname.lastname@example.org. Facts of Publication
The Module Overview should contain each of the following items, in order:
Module Overview: Title of Module-- in Heading Level 2
Formatting Instructions for text-based units
Every unit should contain a Navigation Bar, Forward Link, and
the Standard Footer. The other items listed below are simply recommendations.
Unit # -- Unit TitleThe title should be flush left and in heading level 2
The Supporting Materials Page should contain each of the following
items, in order: