HTML Tagging Exercise:
We are going to convert a plain .txt edition of Owen Wister's The Virginian to HTML. This is an important text for understanding the development of the idea of the West in the 20th Century, e.g., a kind of archive of the cliches that dominate popular film and fiction about the region. It is also a text that presents a number of potentialites for further development as a hypertext.
The book is about 400 pages long, broken down into 36 chapters of roughly equal length or about 2 chapters apiece. I'll post a sign up sheet on my door; initial the chapters you want to take. To retrieve your chapters, point your browser at:
Owen Wister's The Virginian
The browser will open on the contents of that folder; click on the chapters you've chosen and they will appear in the browser; save each of the chapters to a floppy.
- convert each chapter from plain text to html by inserting the proper html codes;
- code the title of the chapter in H3 and center;
- to create margins, set the whole chapter inside a table (to make this easier the first time around, click on 'view source' to see the table tags here:
text of the chapter goes here
- When you've finished tagging your chapters, link them to the projects page of your home site. You should finish this assignment by Monday, October 1.
- footnotes, if there are any, should go at the end of a chapter;
- italicized passages should be handled with the tags.
- remember to save the final product as file type plain text, file extension .html