HIS 218
Unit 4: Building a Web Culture (Style Design Standards and HTML 5)

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The entrance to Hyde Park, London, in the 1970s. Photo credit C. T. Evans.
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Short introduction

When you do anything publicly on the web, you should be aware that there are certain basic style guidelines that you should observe. In a way this is not much different than observing specific formatting requirements when writing a paper for publication. By putting something on the web, you are publicizing, and so you should follow generally-accepted standards.

What you must do in this unit


  • Post on your blog (5 points): (a) When you work on your blog, try using some different style examples (subheads for sections, a numbered list, an unnumbered list, bold or italicized words, a link, and an image) and explain your revisions; (2) comment on the importance of style considerations from your reading this week in Rosenzweig and the style websites. Please let me know in Canvas when you have posted so that I can grade.

Extra credit options

  • Please suggest any online materials relevant to this unit of the course.

Unit learning objectives

  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) describe key principles of good web design and (2) demonstrate a level of familiarity with the software tools frequently used for the design of digital historical materials.

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