Chapter 2:Text


Key Term Quiz

1.      Points

2.      Case Sensitive

3.      Icons

4.      Character entity

5.      WYSIWYG

6.      Localization

7.      Serif

8.      White Space

9.      Anti-aliasing

10.   Nodes

Multiple-Choice Quiz

1.      A

2.      C

3.      C

4.      A

5.      E

6.      D

7.      A

8.      C

9.      B

10.   B

11.   B

12.   E

13.   B

14.   C

15.   B

Essay Quiz

1.      Describe what characteristics a block of text might have.

a.      Typeface:A family of graphic characters that usually includes many type sizes and styles.

b.      Color:Color of the text in the block.

c.      Alignment:Direction of the text in a block. Alignment can be left, right, centered, or justified.

d.      Leading:The space between lines.

2.       Describe what characteristics a typeface might have.

a.      Serif:Serif is the simplest way to categorize a typeface.

b.      Style: Three common font styles are bold, italic, and underline, but there are several others; some,    such as superscript, emboss, or strike through have specialized uses.

c.      Size:A font is a collection of characters of a single size and style belonging to a particular typeface family. Type sizes are usually expressed in points (about 72 per inch).

3.      Discuss the problems encountered using text across computer platforms and in different languages.

a.      There will be subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) differences in how text looks on Windows and other platforms. Because all the fonts are not available in each platform.So when working in different platforms similar looking fonts should have to use for substitution.Even within a single document, material in many different languages may be encountered. There are so many languages which use various kind of symbols to represent a word. Therefore representation of words in different languages by using different platforms is very difficult. So Unicode was developed to allow representation of characters from each language and contains more than 18,000 different characters from different languages.

4.       Discuss the differences among multimedia, interactive multimedia, hypertext, and hypermedia.

a.      Multimedia is a combination of text, art, sound, animation, and video. It is delivered to the user by electronic or digitally manipulated means.

b.      Multimedia becomes interactive multimedia when a user is given the option of controlling the elements.

c.      Interactive multimedia is called hypermedia when a user is provided a structure of linked elements for navigation.

d.      Hypertext is text displayed on a computer display or electronic devices with references (hyperlink) to other text which the reader can immediately access or where next can be reveled progressively at multiple levels of detail. 

  1. Your boss wants you to create a hypermedia system for Web visitors to find technical support information about your company. What are some of the implications in creating this system? Should you hand-build the links or use an automatic indexing system? Why?
    1. When building a web-based multimedia system, due attention must be paid to the elements being embedded into the webpage. Some platforms or browsers do not support certain file types, and the chosen types must work for the entire target audience. Bandwidth is also a concern, so content must be limited to a size that will load within an acceptable amount of time on a broadband connection.Links are better off handled using an indexing system than hand built.  When discussing a hypermedia site, the scale of typical sites means that a site may easily have several hundred files linked and at that point, hand-building links is heavily discouraged. This allows the file to be organized and even the architecture of the website to maintain its integrity when changes are made handling directories and files. Hand-building links also takes time and is more prone to errors than using an indexing system.

Lab Projects:

Project 2.1:

I chose BBC.com, the text is really easy to read.Big bold letters for headlines and medium sized letters for the stories.There is a lot of videos on the front page you can watch about news in that particular area.The navigation menu is set up horizontally and very easy to use.I chose the Duluth News Tribune, www.duluthnewstribune.com, for the local news website.It is mostly black and white, very easy to navigate.Itís very similar to the BBCís website, navigation menu set up horizontal and very easy to read.I would have to say both of them present information best with text, and they both have very good video placement.I like that the BBC website has a bit of a color difference, so itís not so boring like the Duluth News Tribune.They both have big bold headlines stating what the issue is, and both have smaller text explaining more into detail about the topic.After the text there are videos on most of the topics.