EDIT 6300 Job Aid
Make an Assignment Page: The Bare Basics
Step by Step
by Mary Ann Fitzgerald
This is the easiest method
I know. If you want to "fancy it up," look at some other resources.
This is the PC version.
I'm not qualified to make a Mac version!
Before you begin, you need these
Some parts of the steps below can be
done off-line. It's easiest if you are online the whole time, however.
This job aid is written as if you were online.
Netscape Composer, version 4.x
(this means any number after the "4." should work OK)
A print-out of this page
UGA MyID (the login you use for WebCT
and all other UGA electronic services)
Making the Page
First, we will set up the assignment
page using a template, and give it a proper filename.
1. Start by opening
Netscape Navigator as your web browser.
2. Click on this
link: Assignment Page Template
3. On the upper
menu bar, click "File," and then "Edit Page."
4. You have just
made a temporary file on your hard drive that looks exactly the same as
the link you clinked. Netscape has also switched you over to Composer,
which is the program that allows you to write web pages. Let's make it
a permanent file before we make any changes.
On the upper menu bar, click "File,"
and then "Save As." (Or - hit control-S; or - hit the "Save" icon
in the second menu bar.)
You will now see a dialog box that asks
for a filename. Type the following in the box, but replace my name with
5. Personalize the
page. Just as if you were using a word processor, replace Janette's
name with your name, and make any other appropriate wording changes.
It is very important that you use no
punctuation (with the exception of hyphens), no capital letters, and especially
no spaces. If you did, go back and change that now.
Make sure you note where the file is
saved - which folder it will be in. Saving it to the A: (floppy) drive
is a great idea, because it will be easy to find later.
Make sure the second box "save as type"
says "html." It usually defaults to this automatically.
Click the little "save" button, and
the dialog box should disappear.
Now you have your own personal copy
of this file on your hard drive.
6. When finished,
hit the "save" icon.
Linking in an assignment
Let's pretend that you need to link
in an assignment called "Biography." It's a Word document that you've
already finished. Before you begin, the Word file should be saved
1. The filename
for your assignment must meet the same rules as all web files: no punctuation
(except hyphens), no capitals, no spaces. So, it could be something
Use the "save as" function in Word
to change the name if needed.
2. Make a place
on your assignment page for your biography assignment. For example:
3. Next, you need to make the "Biography"
word "hot" - in other words, make it link to the actual Word file.
4. Save your page.
You are now ready to upload your page to the Internet. We have chosen
to place our files on the UGA server called "Arches."
Using your mouse, highlight the text
you want to make hot. (Try double-clicking on the word).
Click on the "Link" icon in the 2nd
menu bar. This will bring up a dialog box. Under "Link to..." type
the filename of your assignment EXACTLY as you named it above (in our case,
"biography.doc" - no quotation marks.)
Click OK, and the dialog box will disappear.
Now, the link is hot. When someone clicks it, Word will start and open
your Biography assignment (after uploading).
A cool thing:
you can link lots of different types of files into a web site. As
long as the end user has that application on his/her machine, the file
will work. Examples: Powerpoint files (.ppt), Excel files (.xls),
Uploading your files
1. Start WS-FTP.
(Hint: if you can't find it, use "Find" or "Search" on the Windows Start
Menu. I have to do this all the time on a strange machine.)
2. Refer to this
Word document ("How
to Use WS-FTP for Arches") to help you: it has pictures. Print it out.
3. Follow all
the steps. The hardest part is finding your new web page ("yourname-assignments.html)
on your hard drive. Use the little green arrow on the left side to
navigate around on your hard drive. If you saved the file to your
A: drive, just click on the little A: icon near the bottom of the lefthand
4. Make sure to
FTP all of your assignments as well (like, biography.doc).
If you used any pictures, FTP those files, too.
5. Next, you should
test your page. Go to Netscape Navigator (the program with the ship's
wheel icon). In the Location bar, type
Instead of "~xxx" type your MyID
login name, with the ~ character in front. Make sure you type in
the filename exactly as you saved the file. Hit Enter. If everything
is right, you will see your assignment page on the screen. If you
get "File Not Found," go back and check spelling on all filenames everywhere
first before you panic.
Caution: always keep a copy
of your web files on your own machine. This serves as a backup, and
gives you access to them if you need to make changes at times when you
can't access the Internet.
Do NOT depend
upon a single floppy disk to keep your web files for you. They're
ok for moving files around between servers and hard drives (like in the
FTP example above), but they are not a dependable back up system!
When something doesn't work
Here are the major and most common
reasons something doesn't work in a web site. Check as many of these
as you can before you call for help:
1. Spellings of
filenames and links don't match. They must match EXACTLY.
2. A file has
not been loaded onto the web site: especially with pictures. Make
sure to FTP every file involved in your assignment page.
Coming Soon: Updating an
existing assignment page
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Posted 8-29-02. Updated 8-22-03.
Mary Ann Fitzgerald
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