The overall structure for the website ( only one nation is mapped out in the diagram) is as follows:
On your CD is the entire website with all templates and a fully functional website. It has several layers to it as can be seen in the diagrams below:
The First level is the main folders for the website which include special codes for FrontPage which you can ignore totally. Other folders, which are of interest to you, are the main region folders such as Africa. The three html pages, index, overview and world.htm at the bottom form original total website introduction and are not to be changed.
By opening the Africa folder, you will get the next level of folders or directories, which has the folder for each country. The region html file at the bottom also gets left as is as it serves to link all nations in the region and is already image mapped to allow the links to function. If you students want to see it in action, then go online at http://commonwealth.ednet.ns.ca/
From here you would go to the nation in your project that your class is responsible for and select it to copy to a hard drive for your master.
The nation folder contains the four index pages for the main topics, land, life, living and links. The four topics are then found in their own folder in the third level.
The links on the nations welcome page such as Kenya.htm all function to link you with the four topic index pages. These links are found at the bottom of the content section of the page. You should leave these as they are as they take you to each index page. They work for all nation’s not just Kenya’s as shown below.
However the content area below the title and above the horizontal line can and should be modified to reflect your class’s creativity. Just print out the suggestions before you delete the text and save it again as you work to the SAME directory location. This is critical for good file management.
You may wish to save the file to a separate disk so each student group has a working disk with your backups located on the hard drive where the work gets transferred daily. This way if a disk gets lost, or damaged, then the loss is minimal.
The next level is that of the index pages for the four main topics. Land.htm is the index page shown here in this example.
They are ready for your classrooms and should be changed to reflect your talents and ideas. To summarize the main topics and give an quick overview of your nation’s uniqueness.
This level has no direct links to the topic such as from the index page called land.htm to climate.htm This is because I figured each class team would want to create their own method, text, images ,tables etc. So you will need to link to each of the topics from the topic index page to make your web work. Use only relative links, that is ensure that you link looks like “ climate/climate.htm” not c:\ccem\Africa\Kenya\land\climate\climate.htm” The later will only work while on your own system and as soon as it gets posted to the web…well nothing works and the nightmare begins!
The last level of folders you see are the content folders where the most work will be done by students. These topic folders, can best be worked on by copying the folder itself to a separate disk for each team in your classroom. So team one doing climate gets the whole folder copied to a disk and then only has to copy that folder back to the same nation’s topic to keep file management on track. It also keeps teachers sane..or at least uncommitted until June.
Note: any images for this page , land.htm should get placed in that same folder. It may not be as effective as placing them in an image folder for the whole site and then reusing the image again and again, but it avoids broken image links. So always put every image you use on a page in the same folder as the page itself. Makes it easy for all…and best of all it always works !
Images need to be kept small in size. Remember to scan high (use high resolution to scan the image first) then save low (convert down to 72dpi and a size that you need to view easily and that will work on your page. Think of magazines who only use small image spaces with their text to effectively tell a story.
This is really important for this project as no image file should be over 90K in size, and most should be kept to a 30-60K range. See links at the end for help in this area.
Here in the last level is the main topic file as shown below:
You can see the five levels on the left 1. CCEM web 2. Africa 3. Kenya (or your nation) 4. Land ( or your topic section, 5. Climate ( or your topic) and the topic files itself.
Students can ignore all files except the .htm file which is where they will place their work. Others such as shown , vti.cnf folder, can be ignored as they are part of the FrontPage system that will allow us to put this all together in the end.
Note: any images for this page , land.htm should get placed in that same folder. It may not be as effective as placing them in an image folder for the whole site and then reusing the image again and again, but it avoids broken image links. So always put every image you use on a page in the same folder as the page itself. Makes it easy for all…and best of all it always works
That’s the structure and process. Have fun and enjoy !
How to plan your topic (content) page: http://cgdi.gc.ca/ccatlas/participate/guides/t17.htm
Software for editing templates: http://cgdi.gc.ca/ccatlas/participate/guides/t12.htm
Reducing Image file size http://cgdi.gc.ca/ccatlas/participate/guides/t52.htm
Grassroots NS Support pages: http://grassroots.ednet.ns.ca/Technical_Support_Frames_Page.htm