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Creating a Link Page
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Part Two
How to begin making your own link page

    1. You can build your link page on any computer, but to assure a cross-platform interface use, or convert your file to, a popular cross-platform word processing software, like Microsoft Word or Apple Computer's AppleWorks. You can also do this on a very simple text authoring software, or directly into a web page creation software (review the HTML lesson for more details on this).

      What does cross-platform mean? There are several popular operating systems. The most popular are Windows and Apple, but recently Linux, Be, and other operating systems have become fashionable. Also in Japan several word-processors have operating systems unique to that company's hardware. Older computers may still be using a variation of DOS, and UNIX is still used commercially for various technical reasons. A good cross-platform software can move among the more popular operating systems, such as Windows and Macintosh.

      A good word processing tool should be readable by most major operating systems, and also by other major word-processing software, so that files can be shared and exchanged easily. This page, for example, was created on a PowerTowerPro 225, a computer running the Mac OS 8.6 (from Apple Computer), yet most of the files received from students were created on NT Lab Windows 98 computers. The host server used is most likely an NT or UNIX Server.

      The students have provided a Microsoft Word Windows 98 file, specifically set up for English, and these files were then transferred by floppy disc to the PowerTowerPro 225 and converted into Microsoft Word files suitable for the Macintosh operating system. These pages were then converted to HTML by dropping the Microsoft Word files into the web authoring software GoLive by Adobe. Because Adobe is a major creator-style software (producing PageMaker, Illustrator, Photoshop and other important professional level graphic software) Microsoft products are usually compatible. Students who did not use Microsoft or Apple products must convert their files to a readable, cross-platform format.


    2. Choose a topic. Using examples from the Link Page Index or from sample link pages on the web, consider which topic interests you and may be of interest to others. Choose a topic that will help others, there is no point copying links which are easily available on any search engine. The idea is to spend time to select carefully the best sites on a particular topic, weeding out the bad ones, as an aid and inspiration to others.

    3. Each page should have the your name, a student number may be helpful for record keeping but should be deleted later for privacy. The Title should describe the topic effectively. There should be no spelling errors. Use the English spell check built into your word processor, and use a quality dictionary when the appropriate word is in question. Do not include any bullets, non-English characters, clipart, or other special formatting as these most likely will be lost in the conversion to other platforms. Do not cut and paste from Japanese pages on the web as these pieces will not convert properly to an English operating system.

ABSOLUTELY NEVER COPY THE WRITING FROM ANOTHER WEB PAGE.

ANY QUOTE OF ANOTHER PERSON'S WRITING LARGER THAN THREE CONSECUTIVE SENTENCES IS ILLEGAL AND UNETHICAL.
Always give full credit when quoting another writer's opinion.

    4. Write a brief description of why you consider this link important. Type (or cut and paste from the URL window of your browser) the full URL of the site. In Microsoft word this will automatically turn into an active link after clicking the return. See your word-processing help files for instructions. Bookmark each link for safe keeping.

    5. After completing each link, revisit the site to check your URL and the spelling of the organization who created this page. Use your spell checker to re-check your writing. Be sure and save the file properly and make a back-up copy of both your final work and all your research notes. Print out a hard copy and proof read carefully. Submit your work to a native-speaker for comments.


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