An Algorithmic and Social Introduction to Computer Science (CSC-105 2000S)

Describe the appearance and purpose of five parts of the course front door.


The course home page is scattered1 into sections with large print and bold. The purpose of doing this is to identify the begining of each subtitle.

Next, within each subtitled section, there a smaller print in bold is used to make more divisions.

Within those divisions, there are many instances underlined words (links). Besides being underlined, there is a variation in the color. The shade of color is used to identify whether the link has been accessed. If it has been selected, it will be a green-brown shade. Otherwise it should be blue. The purpose of these words is a quick access to the subject matter.

Located at the top and bottom of the home page are the links to all of the available sections of the website. The purpose is to allow for quick access to, and insight of any location on the website.

At the bottom of the course webpage is a disclaimer. The purpose of this is to offer protection from embarrassment and is also for legal reasons. [Appearance?]


1. The "search engine" part of the course web can be reached through a link in the upper menu of options that make up the different parts of the course web on the top of the front door page. "Search" appears in the menu in an equal font, size, and style as the other options and the title of the course, and, like the others, it is a link, so it is highlighted in blue and underlined. Clicking on "Search" takes one a "Search Engine" that allows you to search the course web for any combination of characters.

2. On the main front door page there is a section entitled "Books and Other Readings," this title appears to be in bold face and is larger than the body text, which draws attention to it as a new section. The body text is essentially an annotated bibliography of the texts we will use in the course.

3. The upper menu of links below the course title includes a very useful link labeled "current" that connects the user to the most recent class notes. This link is highlighted in blue and underlined like the others.

4. Clicking on the "current" link today reveals the notes for "Class 02: Lab: Getting Started in the MathLAN." This title is the largest size text on the page and appears to be in bold face. The page includes various sections under bold face headings for convenient navigation, and links to other parts of the course web.

5. The last section on almost all of the pages on the course web is entitled "History" in large, bold, font. This section details when and the author of the page has changed its contents.


overview (does this count as a part? i hope so)- it's hard for me to pick separate parts because it all seems logically interrelated to me. overall the front door is an online version of (and therefore strongly resembles) the introductory handout you passed out. of course it is slightly different (i find more convenient) because of the use of links (instead of flipping pages) to reach any particular subject. its purpose is to provide a document that can be more malleable to the demands of the class than a paper document because it is more easily updated and available.

instructions link- the instructions link in the second paragraph is very helpful because it outlines and explains each of the links listed at the top and bottom of every page within the site. it sticks out, of course, because it's in a different color, and it serves as a quick and easy reminder of the difference between, for example, the syllabus and the outlines.

the course news link (under the course web heading)- this link is one of my personal favorites because it seems to be the most updated. i remember my surprise when i came across it this morning to find a gentle reprimand from you already regarding tardy thought answers and surveys. that certainly motivated me to get cracking. again, this link is integrated into the text but easily found. it's purpose is to provide a quick reminder of where we are in the course and to enable consistent dialogue between you the professor and us the students.

history- i really like this section even though it's not of any real use to me. it is thorough though, and i in my sometimes anal love of detail (i told you i enjoyed editing) appreciate that log. i know that it can be useful at times. it's appearance is simple and easily understandable. it's placing at the bottom of the page is appropriate. i assume it's mainly for your reference but there's no harm in the public having access to it either.

the search link (located in the row of links at the top and bottom of every page)- i find this to be the one link that is absolutely necessary on any and all webpages because sometimes you just can't find things and it's nice to have a search engine that searches only within the site. so i'm assuming that's it's purpose. it's appearance is just as simple text. not fancy but pretty self-explanatory.


1. The top of the page contains a series of underlined words contained in brackets. The purpose of these words is to link the current page with other pages containing relevant information. The information is underscored and bracketed to distinguish it from regular text and make it easy to locate linked areas.

2. The word Front Door appears in large font after a line which separates the list of bracketed words. The words are also in bold. This presentation denotes a major section of the webpage, and is easy to find.

3. The name Samuel A. Rebelsky is found under one of the main titles, "Basics." It is both underscored and the text is blue in color. The name is presented this way because it represents a link to Mr. Rebelsky's home page, and so that it is easy to locate in the regular text of the page.

4. Under the "Basics" main section, there are subtitles in bold face type. This presentation makes the subsections easy to identify.

5. Near the bottom of the page, one finds bulleted text under a title "History." The bullets appear in the same boldness as this main title. The bullets provide a visual outline of the section, and make the page easier to browse through.


1. The section "Basics" is in bold and larger print. As the word itself suggests, the purpose of this section is to provide the student with the most basic pieces of info about CS105: meeting times, office hourse, instructor, etc.

2. "The CSC105 2000S Course Web" (under the 'Books and Other Reading' section) is underlined and in blue lettering. Clicking on this takes you back to the Front Door for the page.

3. "Validate this page's HTML" is in small script at the bottom of the page, underlined and in blue lettering. Clicking on this links you to another web page that allows you to check whether the CS105 home page is a valid HTML 3.0 document.

4. "" is also underlined and in blue lettering. Clicking on this allows you to contact the webmaster directly from the CS105 home page via email.

5. The indented sentences under the 'Books and Other Readings' section provides brief blurbs as to what each reference for the class contains.


"An Algorithmic and Social Introduction to Computer Science (CSC-105 2000S)". The title is big and blue and at the top of every page.

Hypertext to tell the user where they are on the internet, allow the user to start over at any point, sometime there are so many links of the webcite that one forgets where they are. The hypertext at the top allow the user to return to a known place and start over with there search.

"Basics". Bold and larger than most of the text. To tell the user the next subject that will be discussed. Also serves as a divide between the introduction and the text.

"Samuel A. Rebelsky". Blue, and underlined. Most user know that by clicking on the name that an email system will open and he/she will be able to email the professor, in this instance. Placing the professor's name on the Web site allows the user to email the professor quickly. The blue underlining draws attention to the name as to encourage the user to email the professor.

"Thought Questions". The size of most of the text but bold and separated from the text by a colon. Acts as a subtopic divider. The topic of work is introduced then the subtopic of 'thought questions' is introduced under work. Organized the webpage into manageable sections for the user.

"The course web for this class is the definitive reference to what I expect to happen each day. Most of my students find it useful to check the course news and the daily handout at the start of each class." Blue and underlined. Same size as text. The color and underlining catches the eye of the user to imply that a hyperlink has been inserted here. One would then click on the text to flow the link.


1) "An Algorithmic and Social Introduction to Computer Science (CSC-105 2000S)": This is the title of the class and therefore, the title of the web page. It is big and bold font (as a title should be) and it is blue, allowing for the user to click on it at any time to return to the original page.

2) "Instructions": This is the first of the subtitles corresponding to the other sections of this page. It is smaller than the overall title, and directly under it, suggesting that it is just a piece of the overall web page. It is also in blue font, so the user may just click on it to get to that page. These subtitles are also down at the bottom of the page, for easy access.

3) "Front Door": This is an introduction to the class and the page. It is in bold font and it is the largest font on the page. This suggests that it is important, like a subject or title heading.

4) "Meets": This simply states when the class meets, which is an important detail. But it is under the broader subject called "Basics," so it is therefore a smaller font.

5) "Disclaimer": This is in one of the smallest fonts on the page, and it is near the very bottom of the page, suggesting that it is not a vital piece of information. However, it must be included incase someone decided to sue the creator of the page for some crucial informational error (or at least that's what I am assuming, so please correct me if I'm wrong). [It's included just so you know my intent for the page.]


As soon as you look at the page, you see "Front Door" in a large font near the top of the page. While there are other parts of the page above this main heading, the large size of the heading helps the browser know where they are in relation to the overall site; i.e. if someone were to click on one of the links, seeing this title would help the browser to determine if they are in fact where they want to be.

There are also five smaller secondary headings, which help both the author and browser organize the content of the page into several foci of thought. The Basics, Books, Work, Course Web, and History subheadings are useful in explaining the class, the requirements of the class, and explaining the purpose of this particular Web document. These explanations are in a medium font, which is easier to read than a small one and not as obtrusive and space-consuming as a larger one.

The set of links, both at the top and bottom of the page, are useful to both the browser and the author. For the browser, especially a member of this class, it is important to know where the information pertinent to the course can be found. For the author, organization of thought and hierarchy is helpful for giving the best possible interface to the browser.

Sam's nifty disclaimer at the bottom, also found on all his pages, is useful because it informs the browser that some information on the site may be inaccurate because of Sam's busy schedule causing him to rush through the markup of the page. Any browser of this site may find something questionable; Sam indemnifies himself from any responsibility for inaccuracies, a smart move.

At the bottom of the page, in a slightly smaller font, is the e-mail address of the webmaster. This is useful because, in correlation with the disclaimer, any information on this site may be inaccurate or incorrect. If a browser should happen to notice such inaccuracies, they are able to contact the webmaster and inform them of this, making the page very nearly an interactive work in progress.


1. History

2. List of terms at top and bottom of page

3. Introductory Survey

4. Contact webmaster...

5. Links


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1 Such a complimentary term

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