This week we will continue to familiarize ourselves with some of the language and paradigms of DH. Then we'll begin to dig into "markup" by hard coding html pages. Most DH projects are not built this way, but knowing how markup tags work is key to understanding much of the web.


Class Discussion
Digital_Humanities pp. 3-72 PDF: D_H
  • Chapter 1. Reflect on what is meant by the "traditions of humanistic inquiry," as they pertain to English studies. What changes or possibilities are most intriguing and provocative to you? Are you familiar with the vocabulary of digitization: "classification," "metadata," "versioning" etc.? How is it that this computational emphasis promises to be "generative"?
  • Chapter 2.Do these emerging methods/genres appear to continue the work of English studies or transform it? Consider rereading the section on one of these methods and then follow-up the cross-reference to the relevant Case Study later in the book.

Read 1B; 2A, the HTML Tutorial from the DH 101 website. Visit two of the website mentioned in 1B, choose one, and write a brief response to these questions and post it to your blog:What is on this site? What is the difference between a “website” and a digital humanities project? What dimensions does [your website] have that distinguishes it?


Part 2
  • Review tutorial together: - basic concept of content framed by paired <tags> </tags>
  • HTML is a mix of semantic <title> and formating <tags>. More complex structured texts use custom tags (google XML, TEI).
  • Create a simple professional web page using just notepad, Call it "index.html"
    • Simple elements - - > Your name, professional contact information, departmental information, link to educational institutions, classes you teach etc. Use heading levels and lists to organize the information.
    • Use simple structural elements such as headings (<h1>, <h2>, <h3> etc.,) numbered lists <ol><li></li></ol> and unordered or bulleted lists <ul><li></li></ul>
    • Testing HTML
    • Use the W3 HTML Basic tags or the more advanced resource on tags
    • Examples: Nick from last year; Mark from last year.

Example of a simple html page by Sherwood.
Example of simple CSS (internal)

HW for Tues, Week 03:
We're going to shift from our initial discussion of digital humanities as a field, our initial experiments with blogs, and our brief foray into using <html> markup to build a simple website. This coming week we'll think about several (of many possible) digital writing environments. The interest here is in creative or literary composition that is "born digital" with all that entails. Please read Drucker's Virtual Codex and Ryan's Fictional Worlds in the Digital Age. Please respond via your blog to at least one of the two articles. Here are several Drucker and Ryan discussion questions.