The workshop participants here at Swarthmore College spent the majority of
the day working hard on their projects. It is truly amazing to an
observer how much progress has been made. Two days ago, these were
abstract ideas, and now there are dozens of new sites on the Web, most of
which are already intricately linked themselves.
The project that's
moving the quickest is the one whose goal it is to organize math resources
by topic. Each participant has picked an area of math and has set up a new
organizational structure for the topic. All hope that by the time this
workshop ends on Saturday, most of the work that will remain will involve
simply filling in the holes (i.e., finding sites and linking them to the
appropriate part of the topic's infrastructure).
Just before dinner we spent some time looking over each other's work and
commenting on what we liked, would like to see done, and didn't like so
much. We came out of the discussion with some general guidelines to be
aware of when writing Web pages. Organization is the key. A well
organized, easy to follow page is a good one. Simplicity is fine, as long
as pages are also interesting enough to hold people's attention.
in mind the importance of avoiding redundancy of images or formats that might bore or annoy
people, participants agreed that pages should be consistant. For example, it would be nice if they
all had similar "Back To..." links that users could come to recognize and
Lastly, page creators should be aware that not everybody is using the same Web
Browser, or even the same version of a browser. Steve Means' page had a great
looking table, on Netscape 1.1. He knew it wouldn't show on version 1.0,
so provided a nice list of links at the top of the page.
I can't stress enough how exciting this all is.
If you have any capability to get on the World Wide Web, do yourself a
favor and check us out.