HTML Authoring, Part II

Accelerated Technical Training


This course extends the repertory acquired in the introductory HTML Authoring course. It assumes rudimentary knowledge of the authoring process. On this foundation it builds the ability to use many of the more popular and dramatic Web authoring techniques.

It also presents, in detail, the mechanisms enabling the Web to serve as a general-purpose user interface. In particular, it discusses the hypertext transport protocol (HTTP) by means of which the browser and the server communicate, the Common Gateway Interface (CGI) that enables Web pages to drive custom-developed application software, and the Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) that enable the Web to serve as the vehicle for delivery of data of any kind.

From this course, participants can go on to specialize in site design, graphics production, programming, server administration, and related areas, having gotten a good grounding in the basics.


1 days



  • Hands-on
  • Instructor-led
  • Classroom-based
  • Focused on practical skills


  • PC and Unix workstation users
  • experienced Web authors
  • technical writers
  • administrators, support staff, managers
  • members of organizations that communicate internally and/or with customers, clients, audience, prospects, students, etc.
  • Prerequisites

    Check the ones your background satisfies:
    You know how to use a browser, e.g. Netscape.
    You have "surfed the Web."
    You have a networked machine.
    You have access to a server or server administrator (Webmaster).
    You can edit a text file (with notepad, vi, etc.)
    You know the basics of HTML (tags, images, hyperlinks, etc.)
    If you checked 5 or more, you're well-equipped to take this class.


    1. Housekeeping and Review
    2. Tables
    3. Dressing Up Your Pages
    4. The Architecture of the Web
    5. Forms
    6. Server-Side Includes
    7. Image Maps
    8. Conclusion


    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
    • Build tables for effective presentation of information.
    • Dress up your pages with colors, backgrounds, transparent GIFs, and mailtos.
    • Explain the architecture of the Web -- what the client says to the server, what the server says back, and how MIME types support applications (Excel, troff, etc.)
    • Construct forms into which your readers can enter data.
    • Explain the URL-encoded format in which the browser returns information to the server to update databases, run programs, do lookups, etc.
    • Grasp the mechanism of CGI scripts.
    • Automatically generate boilerplate (timestamps, footers, copyright notices, etc.) via server-side includes.
    • Create image maps (images with clickable regions) that point to URLs on the Web.


  • The course consists of eight chapters (plus an appendix), each with a series of hands-on exercises. These emphasize practical skills and real-life issues.
  • Setup

    Delivery of this class requires:
    • Classroom
    • Workbooks
    • A PC or workstation for each student
    • A PC or workstation for the instructor
    • A data projector for the instructor's computer screen
    • Connection to the internet
    • >A dedicated classroom web server
    • Detailed system configuration instructions are available at
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