CGS-1555 Practice Project


Purpose

This is the practice assignment and it doesn't count for credit.  Use this to practice submitting assignments via BlackBoard.com.


Submission Instructions and Assignment Directions

  1. Save this file to your computer as “practice.htm” by selecting “File→Save As” on the browser menu bar and then selecting a destination on your computer.  Be sure to save as “Web page, HTML only”, and not “Web page, Complete” or any other type.  (If you are asked to set the “encoding”, it is safe to select “UTF-8”.)

    With some web browsers, you may have to hit the “ALT” key, to make the menus appear.

    Do not save to the hard drive of a college computer.  Instead you should save on a removable USB (flash) disk.

    (If you have a Mac, the equivalent menu choice is “save page source”.)

    (Most versions of Internet Explorer will add additional text (tags) to the saved page.  This can be considered a bug.  Instead of using “Save As”, you can (if available) use the menu choice “File→Edit with Notepad”; then from there use “File→Save As”, and pick the correct name (with the extension of “.htm”, not “.txt”.)

  2. After saving the file, open an HTML (web page) editor such as MS Word, WordPerfect, FrontPage, etc.  Personally, I just use “Notepad” to create or edit web pages.  You are strongly encouraged to avoid using Word, and to use Notepad instead.  (Otherwise you may have a hard time with some later projects, when you will need to work with HTML tags!)
  3. Open the saved file in Notepad (or other editor) by selecting the “File→Open...” menu and browsing until you find the saved the file.

    If opening in Word 2007 you may be asked to “convert from HTML”.  Don't do it!  Convert as “plain text”.  Otherwise you will not be able to see the HTML tags.  (You don't have this issue when using Notepad.)  Note you don't need to add or change any HTML tags for this project, but you should get used to seeing them.

    (If you have a Mac computer, use “Text Edit”, but set it to “Plain Text” mode first.)

  4. In your editor, find this text.  Then type your name where indicated below to verify that you can edit HTML files.

    Student Name: replace these seven words with your name

    Do not change or replace the “tags”, just the text.  (The “tags” look something like this: <i> text text text </i>.)

    Saving Your Work

    Now you should save your work.  If using Word, be sure to “Save As...” with type “plain text”.  Also, if using some newer versions of Word and Windows (such as Vista) you may need to change the “encoding” as well.  Without going into details, using an encoding of “UTF-8” should work well.  (You can do the same when using Notepad.)

    To change the encoding in Notepad, just select “UTF-8” from the list that appears in the “Save As...” dialog.  To change the encoding using the “Save As...” dialog in Office 2007 and newer, you must click on the “Tools” button and select “Web Options...”.  Then click on the “Encoding” tab to change the encoding.  From the list you should choose “Unicode (UTF-8)”,  then clock the OK button.

    In Word 2007, make your changes then click the Office button and choose “Save As...” and then “Other Formats”.  In the “Save as type:” list, be sure to select “Web Page, Filtered (*.htm; *.html)”.  Don't click on the “Save” button yet!  From here, be sure to change the encoding.  You must do this every time you save since Word doesn't remember what encoding you previously used.

    You should be back at the “Save As...” dialog.  You can click the “Save” button now.

  5. Check your work by opening the modified file in a web browser.  You may have to hit the “reload” (or “refresh”) button to make your changes show.  If your web page doesn't look right, repeat the above steps until it does.
  6. Return to BlackBoard.com (“MyHCC”) and select “Drop-boxes” from the “Course Tools” menu.
  7. Follow the directions shown there to select, upload and submit the completed file.  (In brief, click the “Attach file” button to upload your file.)

    Check the uploaded file before clicking on the “submit” button.  Make sure the file has the required name.  Many Windows users have the system set to hide file extensions.  (A symptom of this is to see an uploaded file with a double extension, such as “Practice.htm.htm”.)  Another problem is trying to upload files from Vista's “Recent Files” list.  These are only “short-cuts” to the actual files (often saved in “My Documents”), and they won't work when uploaded.  (The symptom of this is if the uploaded file has the extension “.lnk”, as in “practice.htm.lnk”.)

    If the file name is wrong, you can click the “Do not attach” link that appears next to the uploaded file's name.  Then go back and fix whatever was wrong, and then upload it again.

    When fully satisfied that you uploaded the correct file, hit the “Submit” button.  After you've done that, you can view the submitted file but not make any changes.  You should examine the uploaded file, as it may appear differently than when you view it from your desktop.  If the file doesn't show correctly when you view it, or if you decide to make changes later (but before the submission deadline), you can send me an email requesting I un-submit your project for you.  Then you can resubmit the corrected assignment.



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