Web Workshops and Training

In addition to custom and bespoke training and workshops, we offer for individuals a two-day programme that will teach from start to finish how to conceive, create, upload and maintain a web site. This will cover such aspects as an introduction to hypertext; structuring non-linear information; navigation and navigational elements; scanning images and preparing for the web, using text as images; the elements of web site construction; building web pages; formatting text; the rhetoric of hypertext; creating hyperlinks; adding metainformation; uploading live onto a server by FTP; testing and checking links; registering with search engines and directories.

At the end of a full and intensive two-day workshop, you will emerge having created yourself a basic, say 2-4 pp, but serviceable web site. Perhaps more importantly, because the site will have been created by the clients themselves, you will be in a position to continue to expand, develop and maintain the site as well as create new sites in the future.

The software we currently use is Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Adobe Photoshop; we work on Macs but can cater for pc users.

These web workshops include a copy of Marc Millon’s latest book, Creative Content for the Web, published by Intellect Books in June 1999 at £14.95. This is at once a theoretical as well as practical book and is excellent background reading for anyone wishing to learn more about the web as a publishing medium. It covers such topics as understanding how new media differs from traditional; the impact of the medium on the message; how to write for the web; design considerations; creating virtual communities; giving consideration to the electronic reader; and wider issues such as freedom of speech, the responsibilities and morality of web publishing.

Accomodation can be arranged at Broadway House, Topsham; The Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham; or Reka Dom Bed & Breakfast, The Strand, Topsham (room with view over the Exe estuary and outstanding breakfasts). Details from the Topsham web site: http://www.topsham.org

Marc Millon also teaches regular 5-week Web Design workshops at the Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre Media Studio. Email media@exeterphoenix.org.uk for further details and course availability.

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