HIST 215
Modern World History
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MWF 1:45 PM — 2:50 PM

Tutorial for creating a Timeline web-site

Here are step by step instructions for registering your own web-site on the PLU server, and creating a web-page that contains a timeline of your own. Once you have successfuly created this web page and posted to it the 10 events you and your group have chosen, you will have fulfilled this requirement of the course and need have nothing further to do with the internet if you so choose.

On the other hand, my hope is that you will take this opportunity to seize these internet tools and make them work for you. You may use your new web page and the timeline as a way to organize your understanding of the material we cover this semester; a way to learn and get comfortable with some of the now ubiquitous technologies which drive computer applications in the humanities and in so many other disciplines; or as a way to communicate what you have learned to me, and to your colleagues both in class and around the world. You may find that this is a way to make a contribution to a community of scholars that reaches far beyond PLU.

Step 1: Register a web-site on the PLU server
Each registered student at PLU is alloted space on a server to maintain a web-site if they choose. To create such a site you must first register it:
Step 2: Download template files from the course Sakai - Resources page
The template files for the timeline must be downloaded from the course Sakai site to the machine you are using, and then uploaded to your newly created web-site account.
Step 3: Upload the template files to your new web directory.
For this step you will need an FTP client program. FTP stands for "file transfer protocol" and that's all this program does: transfer files from one place to another. There are many such programs available, and they all work similarly. If you are using one of the computers in the Library, the FTP client you will find on your machine will probably be FileZilla. The instructions below are written with FileZilla in mind, but the proceedure for any other FTP client will be very similar. (If you are using a Mac, you'll want to use Fetch or Fugu).
Step 4: Edit the timeline215.xml file to show the 10 events you have chosen.
For this step you will need a text editor. The one you will find on the machine you're using will probably be Microsoft's "WordPad." Do not use Microsoft "Word" to edit this file!
Step 5: Transfer the Icons you want to use in the timeline to your public_html folder.
After you have set up your timeline as described above, you will notice that the orange-square icon marking your events does not show up. You need to transfer the image for that icon to your public_html folder. For the official events of the class timeline we will use the orange-square.png icon, but for additional events you may add to your own timeline you can use any other icon you want. A list of icons you might use appears at the bottom of the class timeline at http://www.plu.edu/~crumpjj/hist215/timeline/hist215timeline.html. To transfer any of these icons to your public_html folder

Screen-shot of the FileZilla file-transfer window:

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