HTML Writers Guild Newsletter -- 17 May 2001

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                      HTML Writers Guild Newsletter
                    Volume 7 Number 8, 17 May 2001

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Table of Contents 

1. May Town Hall:  May 24
2. Upcoming Online Classes: Take an HWG Class! 
3. Why Did I Get This Email? And Other HWG-News FAQs 
(How to change your email address, how to unsubscribe, and more.)

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1.  May Town Hall Meeting: Thursday, May 24
    (Fred Barnett, Secretary, secretary(at)

Town Halls are informal affairs, where you can talk to the governing 
board, ask questions, and generally let your opinions be known in a more
public forum than email. We hope to see you there! 

The details on the May town hall meeting are:

24 May Town Hall Meeting 
Date:      Thursday, 24 May 2001 
Time:      6:30 p.m. PST, 9:30 p.m. EST
Server:    HWG Interactive,
IRC:, port 6667
Channel:   #townhall

To connect, either go to the URL above and use the Java-based client
available via the web, or use your favorite IRC client and join channel

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2. Upcoming Online Classes: Take an online class! 
(Gretchen Lowerison, Online Education Director, classes(at)

Through a web-based interface, we offer a broad series of online classes
designed to teach you the skills you need, in a way that fits your busy
schedule. Our instructors are your fellow Guild members, chosen for their
expertise in their field and their willingness to pass along their
experience to you.

Upcoming courses you can take during May include:

Macromedia Flash Wizardry: A Masters Course 
May 14, 2001 - June 24, 2001
With Russell Chun's "Flash 5 Advanced for Windows and MacIntosh" as a
reference book, weekly lessons, visits to showcase sites that exemplify
lesson topics and comments student assignments, we will be diving deep
into the lesser known aspects of Flash!

Advanced Perl Programming 
May 21, 2001 - July 1, 2001
This course will cover intermediate and advanced Perl programming
concepts, including: 

	CDS (complex data structures) 
	Named parameters 
        DBI (databases) 
        Date and time 
        mod_perl (Apache Perl module) 
        Scope (Variable scoping) 
        OO (object oriented programming) 
        Images (GD, ImageMagik) 
        Other topics based on student interest. 
Photoshop Level 1 
May 21, 2001 - July 1, 2001
Photoshop 6.0 and ImageReady 3.0 software package is the industry
standard program for creating web graphics and for image manipulation.
This course is designed for graphic designers, web designers, digital
artists and photographers with little or no working knowledge of creating
or modifying photographs and graphics for the web or print. 

Introduction to Programming Concepts 
May 21, 2001 - July 1, 2001
This course is suggested for students with no programming background, or
those who would like a more formal introduction to the concepts behind
most programming languages. This class is an introduction to the
fundamental syntax and logic of programming. Students will learn how to
establish a script, and work with variables, conditional statements,
loops and arrays. The fundamental logic of program flow and design will
also be discussed. 

Creating Spread Sheets with Excel 
May 28, 2001 - July 8, 2001
Microsoft Excel is Windows answer to the spreadsheet. Gone are the days
of paper ledgers and hand calculations. Excel allows you to set up a
digital ledger and enter data directly into your computer. Once the data
has been inputted, you are able to perform a variety of calculations to
provide you with the information that you require.

Sites that Sizzle: Web Animation with Macromedia Flash 4/5 
May 28, 2001 - July 8, 2001
During the 6 week course, we will cover the world of FLASH 4 or FLASH 5.
We will learn to draw, create and manipulate vector objects and/or import
them, make them come to life in frame-by-frame animations and on multiple
layers. We will have them "morph" into new shapes under complete control.
We will reach high levels of complex interactivity with mp3 sounds and
multiple animations talking to one another! We will also view the new
flash 5 features such as the bezier tool and the movie explorer. 

Get more information at: 


Course fees are based on membership level; Full members receive a
discounted tuition price, while Trial members pay the standard price.
Full membership is only $40 per year, so upgrade your membership before
registering, and save money! Payments may be made online via secure
transaction; all figures are in U.S. funds.  A certificate of completion
is available for an additional $5; the request needs to be made at the
time of registration. A certificate can be requested after class is
completed for $10.  Textbooks (when required) are separate and may be
purchased through the Guild's online bookstore, The Bookmark. Books
should be purchased before the first week of class! In addition, students
should have regular access to the web and the ability to post completed
assignments on a public (non-Intranet) web server.

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3. Why Did I Get This Email? And Other HWG-News FAQs 
(HWG-News Newsletter Editor, editor(at)
This newsletter was edited by Kef Moulton <kef(at)>. 

Some questions you may be asking:

Q: Why did I get this mail?
A: You received this newsletter because you are a member of the HTML
Writers Guild. This message came from HWG-News, the Guild's mandatory
mailing list for all members. If you need more information about
HWG-News, please see the List Charter at:

Q. Why doesn't this newsletter talk about web design or HTML more?
A. The newsletter is the Guild's administrative bulletin to the
membership; beyond the HWG News Tips, we don't include specific
information on web creation. If you are interested in the topics of Web
design and HTML, then you might want to subscribe to some of our
discussion lists devoted to those topics. More  information on the
Guild's offering of discussion lists can be found at:

Q. How can I find out more about Guild activities?
A. The Guild has set up a one-way announcement list, HWG-Announce, that
carries bulletins of day-to-day Guild business. For details on how to
subscribe, please see:

Q: How do I unsubscribe from HWG-News?
A: Since this is a required list in order to maintain your Guild
membership, unsubscribing is the same as resigning from the HTML Writers
Guild.  If you have your Member ID and password, to resign your
membership in the Guild and to unsubscribe to HWG-News, visit:  Fill in the pertinent information,
and submit it.  If you don't have a Member ID, or have forgotten your
password, send mail to: lost-password(at)  with a Subject of: Resign
membership.  In the body of the message, provide the following

* Your email address(es) 
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* The list of discussion lists you are on.

Please remember that unsubscribing to HWG-News automatically resigns you
from the Guild. If you have problems with unsubscribing, please contact
the password support team <lost-password(at)> for help.

Q: How do I change my email address for Guild mailings?
A: Full members can update their membership profile at any time by going
to this page: If you don't know
your password, contact the password support team <lost-password(at)>
for help. Trial members can send email to <dbadmin(at)> to change
their email address.

Q: Can my company advertise in the Guild's newsletter?
A: Yes; the Guild is offering sponsorship opportunities in HWG-News on a
limited basis. If you are interested in advertising your web related
product or service here, please send email to advertising(at)
Discounts are available to Guild Business and Corporate members, as well
as for multiple placements. The Guild's newsletter reaches over 124,000
web authors worldwide each month.  (Note: The Guild does not make our
member database available for third party use. We have a strong privacy
policy and will not release our members' personal information; our
mailing list is not for sale. Any questions regarding the Guild's
advertising or privacy policies can be directed to advertising(at)

Q: What if I want to comment on this newsletter?
A: The HWG-News Mailing List is a "Read-Only" list -- please do not try
to reply to this message directly.  If you wish to contact the editor of
this newsletter, you may do so by sending email to editor(at) Each
article begins with the contact information for the author as well.  

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