Mastering the World-Wide Web

Spring `96 Project Types

Projects may take any appropriate form that has a manifestation on the Web. They may also consist of a set of smaller, separate projects of varying types. The bounds are intentionally open to allow project groups to design their projects most appropriately to their goals. Here are some possible project types with some example and suggested ideas. Some combination of these types may be appropriate for a project, as well.

Web Site

A web site on most any topic could be designed and developed. This could include tutorials, topic resources, creative presentations, etc. Goals for a web site should emphasize the design and function of the site, overall and in individual pages. Meta-information should be included at the site completely explaining the rationale behind its design and function. An example could be a multimedia Internet/WWW/Unix history site.

Hypertext Paper

A research and analysis paper of significant depth could be written and realized in hypertext and hypermedia, supplemented by links to external references. It should cover some aspect of the Web or networked telecommunications itself or in relation to some other facet of life. Some aspect of the economical, sociological, ethical and legal ramifications of the Web and the Internet could be presented. Other topic areas could include the future of the Web, potential forms of commerce on the Web, the development of new design principles for hypermedia, etc.

Gateway Application

An innovative and unique gateway application to the Web could be designed, programmed and developed. This could be either of a general nature useful at many sites or a custom application to create a particular Web resource. Interactive applications, Internet or local community databases, etc could be appropriate, along the lines of the Internet Movie Database, for example. Perhaps an history timeline with submissions accepted to flesh it out. Perhaps a database on local businesses built from Web submissions of customer's experiences and recommendations. Goals here should include management automatization and continuity.

Development/Administrative/Usage Application

New or superior tools and utilities to aid web development, administration and/or usage could be designed and developed. A possible example might be tools to facilitate the creation of the new client-side image maps.

Java Application

Java enables a new, unlimited range of possible Web applications. Since Java is a late topic in the course, and may not be presented in sufficient depth, students should only undertake a Java application project if they already have a strong background in object oriented programming, like C++, and can bring themselves up to speed on Java early enough to use it for the project. Some example applications are interactive and/or networked games, or utility classes for integrating network resources into Java programs.

VRML Application

VRML is another cutting-edge Web technology. But, since it will be a very late and minor topic in the course, students should only undertake a VRML application project if they already have a background in 3-D computer graphics and can bring themselves up to speed on VRML and its utilities early enough to use it for a project. Some example applications could utilize 3-D data of the IU campus or Lindley Hall for a VRML tour of those places. I understand the IU Architect's Office may have the campus data and CICA may have the Lindley Hall data (though from old renovation plans), but I do not know of their availability.

WWW Infrastructure Development

Since WWW infrastructure development has been and significantly remains an open effort, opportunities always exist for contributions in this area. Projects could include building prototype Web servers or browsers with functionality outside the conventional bounds to explore as yet unimplemented aspects of HTTP and HTML. Reasoned, consistent and valuable extensions to Web protocols could be designed and proposed, within the context of existing standards and other proposals.

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