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History of Places in Australia

Introduction Suggested Content of History pages How to use this page as your skeleton
How to copy the images Other tips How to get more help? : Email Susie Zada
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If you are totally new to creating web pages, use one of the search engines on the Internet and search for Web Authoring or HTML - this will lead you to sites with information about creating web pages and software you can download to help you create your own web pages.

Basically, you can save this page (ozhelp1.html) to use as your basic page layout and design, but there are a few extra things you may need to do. Most of the steps (I hope) are covered below in "How to use this page as your skeleton."

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uggested Content of History pages

Where possible, the following sections should be included in each history :-

The History of Ocean Grove is an example of a town history with the above components.

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ow to use this page as your skeleton

This page can be used as a skeleton for your own histories of Places in Australia, however instructions may differ a little depending on which browser you are using on the Internet.

1. Save this web page - ozhelp1.html (it doesn't matter what you call the file, but it should have an extension of .html or .htm). You can then view it at leisure with your browser when you are off-line, or use it with a web authoring package to create your own history page.
2. Find the option in your browser to view the Source or HTML - this will display the HTML code which you can print for later reference if needed. (If you have a web authoring package, you don't need to understand HTML code, but some people find it useful to look at this code.)
3. Saving the web page will not automatically save the images embedded in the page. Unless you have your browser configured to save images and HTML automatically to disk, when you view a saved web page off-line you will see boxes with red "X's" in them where images or pictures would normally appear. This is because the images are SEPARATE files to the .html file, therefore you need to make sure you copy ALL relevant image files to your own disk.
4. Copy the images - see instructions below.
5. You may want to substitute your own logo instead of the map of Australia - see the Bellarine Historical Society logo on the History of Ocean Grove as an example. Alternatively, you may wish to edit the map of Australia and place a red X to indicate the location to which your history page refers.
6. Change the page headings and insert your text and photographs etc. into your own page. Ideally a web authoring package will make this easier, but adventurous souls could use a text editor to edit the HTML code!
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ow to copy the images

1. If your browser has this facility - Right-click your mouse on the image and select the "Copy Picture As" (or similar) option from the drop-down menu.
2. Specify the directory / folder on your disk where you want to store this picture / image. If possible, try not to change the filename. All letters follow the same naming convention :- aa.gif, ab.gif, ac.gif etc.
3. If you can't copy the images using this method (or any other option your browser allows), email me and request a zipped file of the images used on this page.
4. The images which should / can be copied from this page are :-
  • map of Australia (australi.gif)
  • burgundy coloured star (starb.gif)
  • animated email image (mailbox4.gif)
  • "Home" symbol (jb000603.gif)
  • fawn speckled background (back.jpg)
  • letters of the alphabet - the full alphabet appears on two separate pages for copying. See Letters A-M, and Letters N-Z.
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ther tips

A big trap that many people fall into is scanning photographs at a higher resolution than necessary. Remember that any photograph scanned at greater than 72 dpi (dots per inch) is wasted when viewed on the screen. Photographs will print quite adequately at this dpi and colour, sepia or black & white photographs will look top quality at 72 dpi when viewed with a quality monitor. If the photographs look poor, it's probably the monitor, not the dpi! Also, if you are able to save the images in JPEG format, High quality, you will end up with quality pictures which take up very little disk space. There is nothing worse than waiting for very large photographs to load - people get impatient and quickly move to another site.

If you have very small photographs that you want to appear larger, scan at a higher resolution, then resize the image dropping the resolution at the same time. ie, if your original photograph is say 5 cm x 5 cm, you might scan it at 150 dpi, resize it to 10 cm x 10 cm, and reduce the dpi to 72 - you should end up with a quality picture and a small file.

The photograph below is only 16.7Kb - a surprisingly small file!

Grant's Lookout

Grant's Lookout at Ocean Grove c. 1930, overlooking Bass Strait. The lookout was built by Thomas Alexander Grant, great grandfather of John Irving.
[Photograph from the Ocean Grove Album compiled by Bob Irving, courtesy of John Irving, Ocean Grove]

This photograph and caption is placed within a "table" with a border - a nice way to incorporate photographs in your page. If you wish, you can copy the photo in the same way as you copied the map of Australia etc. to get ideas on photo size, dpi etc. The "table" is automatically part of the web page you save and details would also appear in the HTML code.

If you're stuck and need help, email me and I'll try my best! Good luck, and thanks for participating.

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Created by : Susie Zada
2014 Susie Zada, Ocean Grove, Victoria, Australia
Last revised : November 27, 2014.
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