AusWeb08

Bejing 2008

 

Tutorials

Dale Burnett
Upgrading a Web Site from HTML to XHTML

Geoffrey Kwitko
Planning, Building and Managing your own online community

Steve Ball
Applications of SVG

AusWeb tutorials are about the presenter providing information and details about some recent Web development or issue. While there is time for some questions most of the session is given over to the presenter.

Dale Burnett

Presenter: Dale Burnett, retired university professor, <dburnet2@telusplanet.net>
9am to 5pm, Saturday 5th of April.

Title: Upgrading a Web Site from HTML to XHTML

Outline: In the mid-1990's Web authoring was carried out using a language called
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). However the Web has evolved and it is now recommended
that Web sites should be written according to a W3C standard called XHTML. For various
reasons many authors who first began creating Web sites have yet to make the switch - in
large part because programs written in HTML still work. This tutorial is intended for
authors who would like to become proficient in XHTML as well as for new authors who would
like to get involved in creating Web sites. We will be using a Web authoring package
called Dreamweaver CS3.

The morning session will discuss the differences between HTML and XHTML and will provide
an opportunity to create a few Web pages using XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets. These
pages will then be verified using the W3C standards.

The afternoon session will be spent modifying an existing Web site to suit one's
individual needs and interests.

Topics covered will include:
* Brief history of HTML
* Introduction to XML
* Introduction to CSS
* XHTML
* Conceptual difference between HTML and XHTML
* To modify or redesign?
* To code or not to code?
* Introduction to Dreamweaver CS3
* Basic Web page design using CSS
Note: Participants will be required to bring their on laptop to the session and will be
provided with a copy of Dreamweaver CS3 (Mac or Windows). If you are interesting
attending this tutorial but unable to bring a laptop to the conferencethen a limited
number of machines may be available for loan. Please contact Allan <allan.ellis@scu.edu.au> to make a booking.

Biographical Details: Dale Burnett is a successful retiree (two years and counting) who loves to play. In a former life he was a Professor at the University of Lethbridge in
Canada where he developed Web sites and gave courses on the educational uses and misuses of computer technology. In his present life he continues to develop Web sites and play with model trains. He loves to talk and listen about both topics - preferably while at Byron Bay. He was involved in the offering of the first AusWeb workshop on HTML in 1995 and is looking forward to returning to the Ballina Beach Resort for this years conference.


Kwitko

Presenter: Geoffrey Kwitko, Web Community Strategist, ShareScene.com. <geoffrey.kwitko@sharescene.com>
9am to 12.30pm, Sunday 6th of April.

Title: Planning, Building and Managing your own online community

Outline: This tutorial is a highly practical introduction to online communities. Participants will receive latest industry insights from both a technological and commercial perspective. Lessons taught are applicable to any business venture and are designed to inspire and inform. Adding an online community aspect to your business or Web site can have a tremendous impact with very little effort or investment. Whether you plan to start your own community based startup Web site, already run a community, or are just interested in cutting edge business philosophy, all are welcome. Topics to be covered will include:

* History of Web communities with respect to future direction and potential
* Types of Web communities, including bulletin board forums, social networks, and wikis

Benefits of thinking in terms of communities on the Web:

* Marketing benefits, including membership loyalty, stickiness and promotions
* How Web communities break traditional business rules and paradigms
* Why Web communities grow faster and perform better than traditional Web sites

Why Web communities are becoming more important to commercial, educational and hobbyist stakeholders:

* What is the buzz about? Why are web communities such a hot topic?
* The growing importance of Internet collaboration and communication
* The universal application of Web communities to any topic or purpose

Steps to creating a powerful and effective web community location:

* Matching your goals with your big picture strategy
* Choosing your niche, understanding membership needs
* Understanding your technology and technical requirements
* Cost, revenue and growth considerations
* How to establish a self sustaining revenue generating engine
* Designing your Web community for collaboration and research
* How to get your community members working for you
* How to get other people to pay you to grow your own community

This workshop will be a fun, high energy experience with rich multimedia support and relevant examples from the presenter's industry experience with ShareScene.com

Biographical details: Geoffrey Kwitko is a leading young talent in the Web community industry. As a consultant in the field, he has taken start-up Web communities from 0 to 700 active members in less than a month on shoestring budget. Over recent years, Geoffrey provided Web community strategy to a number of finance companies, music artists, hobby groups, and educational institutes. In particular, Geoffrey provides strategic and technical guidance to ShareScene.com, recently voted the best stock market discussion forum in Traders Choice Awards.

Geoffrey's practical experience is founded on a strong academic foundation of both business and technology. Geoffrey was awarded a full scholarship to study a Bachelor Business (E-commerce) and Bachelor Information Technology (Internet Technology) at Bond University. Placed first in class in nearly half of his courses, Geoffrey was the highest performing business/information technology student for both 2005 and 2006, earning him the Australian Computer Society Award. Geoffrey loves working with online communities, and enjoys sharing his passion with others.

Steve Ball

Presenter: Steve Ball, CTO Packaged Press & Explain,
<Steve.Ball@explain.com.au> 
9am-12.30pm Sunday 6th April

Title: Applications of SVG

Outline: Scalable Vector Graphics is an XML-based language for 2D graphics. SVG is now commonly used in certain applications domains, such as mobile phones and single-source publishing. This tutorial will give a brief introduction to SVG, and then show how SVG may be used in conjunction with XML, XSLT and XSL-FO in the production of PDF documents, as well as PNGs for Web publishing. Applications for mobile phones will also be demonstrated.
Biographical details: Steve Ball is Chief Technical Officer at Packaged Press and Explain. He is the author of Web Tcl Complete (McGraw-Hill), several magazinearticles and numerous research papers.  Steve contributes to a number of Open Source software projects, including DocBook, the XSLT Standard Library and TclXML.
Since 1997 Steve has been involved in XML standards and in developing best practises for engineering XSL stylesheets and designing XML documents. He has been an XML consultant for several organisations, including the Australian Federal Parliament, ABC, State and Federal Government Departments and has been training Web authors and developers in all XML related topics, such as XML, XSL, XML Schemas, SVG and DocBook.
Previously Steve was a researcher at the Australian National University, and the Advanced Computational Systems Co-Operative Research Centre.

Biographical details: Steve Ball is Chief Technical Officer at Packaged Press and Explain. He is the author of Web Tcl Complete (McGraw-Hill), several magazinearticles and numerous research papers.  Steve contributes to a number of Open Source software projects, including DocBook, the XSLT Standard Library and TclXML.
Since 1997 Steve has been involved in XML standards and in developing best practises for engineering XSL stylesheets and designing XML documents. He has been an XML consultant for several organisations, including the Australian Federal Parliament, ABC, State and Federal Government Departments and has been training Web authors and developers in all XML related topics, such as XML, XSL, XML Schemas, SVG and DocBook.
Previously Steve was a researcher at the Australian National University, and the Advanced Computational Systems Co-Operative Research Centre.

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