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On Writing a Textbook

Writing a Textbook section was an interesting experience. I was in a group of 5 students and I was supposed to join in on writing a textbook section about HTML/ World Wide Web. There are several groups and topics within my class that are supposed to contribute to the development of the Textbook. I believe the textbook will contain information about Introduction to Computing Science for future freshman students. I wrote very little for my section, some of it is below:

" The !DOCTYPE declaration must be the very first thing in your HTML5 document, before the html tag. The !DOCTYPE declaration is not an HTML tag; it is an instruction to the web browser about what version of HTML the page is written in. In HTML 4.01, all declarations require a reference to a DTD, because HTML 4.01 was based on SGML. HTML5 is not based on SGML, and therefore does not require a reference to a DTD. It is always necessary to add the declaration to your HTML documents, so that the browser knows what type of document to expect ("HTML Reference"). The html tag is used to indicate the formatting of the tags below are indeed of HTML and it is always necessary to add this tag. In addition, a closing tag /html is required usually as the last tag in the document. In addition to the html tag the body tag indicates the document's body. This tag incorporates all the other tags within the html tag. It contains the header, paragraphs, texts, lists etc. The header tag indicates the header and the paragraph tag is used to indicate a paragraph. Usually the paragraph tag can also contain tags used to edit texts written within the paragraph. Such as hyperlinks, lists etc." More information about HTML can be found at http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp.

I enjoyed learning more about HTML, although I currently possess some sufficient knowledge in using HTML for webpages. I have volunteered in maintaining different organizations webpages, and currently I work in web maintenance and support as an on campus job which I enjoy because of the flexibility I get. Incase anyone is interested in learning about HTML, I will most definitely direct the individual to w3schools.com website. This organization provides more than enough ways someone can become a professional in using HTML.

The textbook is currently at https://sites.google.com/site/cis115textbook/home. It shall be published as an ePub. According to wikipedia, features of an ePub include:

--Free and open
--Reflowable (word wrap) and resizable text
--Inline raster and vector images
--Embedded metadata
--DRM support
--CSS styling
--Support for alternative renditions in the same file
--Use of out-of-line and inline XML islands to extend the functionality of EPUB
--Support for Audio and Video content (dependent on device support).

As I mentioned, I enjoyed the experience in writing some part of a textbook section, and infact, editing the final current edition of the textbook.


"HTML Reference - (HTML5 Compliant)." HTML Reference. N.p., n.d. Web.
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