Course Description

This course is an introduction to the use of computers in the humanities. The focus will be upon consideration of issues and techniques involved in developing quality resources for use in the student's field of study. A major project will be the creation of an academic web site related to the student's major. Techniques covered will include basic and advanced HTML (for the development of humanities web pages), graphics, multimedia and foreign character display. There will also be a brief introduction to other markup languages such as SGML, XML or Beta code. There will be a programming component focusing on JavaScript, C or Pearl (the latter two for the production of CGI programs). used as a means of introducing the student to simple programming concepts usefulness in the creation of web resources. The course will also consider methodological issues such as designing content for effective communication, the movement from text to multimedia, ethical/legal problems, and the significance of computer technology in shaping the future of the humanities disciplines.