HTML Writers Guild Newsletter 27 August, 2001

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                       HTML Writers Guild Newsletter
                     Volume 7 Number 12, 27 August, 2001

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Table of Contents 

1. HWG Honors Our Volunteers!  Meet Judi Kallos
2. The Guild needs instructors!
3. New Discussion Lists:
       -HWG-Testing, for testing web applications
       -AWARE-Techniques, for accessible web design
4. Upcoming Online Classes: Take an HWG Class!
       -Business Writing Basics for the Web
       -Advanced Web Writing
       -Macromedia Flash Wizardry: A Master's Course
       -Creating Spreadsheets with Excel
       -Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets
       -JavaScript for the Absolute Beginner
       -HTML Level II
       -Introduction to HTML
       -....and more!
5. 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. HWG Honors Our Volunteers!
    (Kef Moulton, Executive Director, kef(at)
This month I would like to introduce you to Judi Kallos.  Judi is our
Assistant List Guide Manager and List Guide for various lists.  She has
been with the Guild for the past four years.  
Judi enjoys "helping other members realize the opportunity that
technology offers all of us  - if one is willing to go for it, work at it
and know the learning never ends.  I strongly believe all of us need to
be aware of the fact that we are building a reputation for our industry
at large and that by not working and learning to be the best we can be we
do an injustice to our industry, clients and employers.  Just because we
may know more than the person sitting next to us doesn't necessarily mean
we know what we are doing and that it is being done correctly.  I also
consider these positions one where I have the opportunity to guide and
mentor those members that I know I can benefit from my experience and
have a true desire to embrace the realities of what participation in
technology requires."
In her spare time, Judi takes advantage of the HWG's online courses and
is currently taking Flash 5.  She also races RC Boats with her better
half, and enjoys riding her Harley.
Judi says, "The reason I joined the Guild and volunteer my time is
because I believe that folks with experience in this still very new field
need to help those with the desire to do things the right way.
Especially considering 'the right way' is still very often a topic of
debate and can be subjective at times.   Since I have run a successful
business now for over 6 years, much of what I have learned by trial and
error, I know I can help those who have not had those 'pleasant'
experiences - yet. ;-) I mentor a bunch of folks privately off-list with
questions and concerns that are important to their level of success with
technology and feel that it is very important that those of us with this
type of experience be involved in organizations such as the HWG."
Thanks Judi, for all you do.  Without our volunteers, we would not be
able to provide the level of service that we do!

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2.  The Guild needs instructors!
     (Gretchen Lowerison, gretchen(at)
The HTML Writer's Guild has an opening for instructors to teach the
following courses:
 1. Developing vector based graphics with Macromedia Freehand 
    (6 week course)
 2. Mastering HTMLKit (6 week course)
 3. eCommerce (6 week course)
 4. Special Topics in Graphics: Animation (4 week course)
 5. Special Topics in Graphics: Macromedia Fireworks 4 (4 week course)
Interested applicants should have excellent communication and
presentation skills with a good solid knowledge of the course area.  
If you would like to be considered for one of these positions please send
a resume and sample course outline (text please - no Word documents) to
gretchen(at) Previous applicants are free to resubmit.

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3.  New Discussion Lists: HWG-Testing, AWARE-Techniques
     (Kynn Bartlett, HWG President, president(at)

The HWG is pleased to announce the creation of two new mailing
lists for member discussions:


      This list provides a forum for the testing of web-based
      applications and for the discussion of testing practices to
      measure their functionality.


      This HWG mailing list, sponsored by the AWARE Center,
      is for discussion of issues related to accessible Web design
      -- tips, techniques, and advice from fellow Web designers who
      are working to make the Web more accessible to everyone,
      including people with disabilities.  For more on web
      accessibility, see the Accessible Web Authoring Resources
      and Education Center at

For more details on these mailing lists, follow the URLs given above,
including information on how you can subscribe.  The complete list
of HWG mailing lists can be found at:

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4. 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 starting in the next few weeks include:

Business Writing Basics
Dates: September 3, 2001 - October 28, 2001(8 weeks)
"Through an audience-centered approach to business writing, you'll
improve your ability to create grammatically correct, readable,
informative text. Using online readings and short, focused exercises,
you'll learn how to analyze your own writing and where to go to find
answers to writing questions. ..."

Advanced Web Writing
Dates: September 3, 2001 - October 28, 2001(8 weeks)
"In this course, students will work intensively on the copy for a web
project and get the feedback of fellow students and the instructor. ..."

Macromedia Flash Wizardry: A Masters Course
Dates: September 3, 2001 - October 14, 2001(6 weeks)
"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! ..." Read more at

Creating Spread Sheets with Excel
Dates: September 10, 2001 - October 21, 2001(6 weeks)
"This course is designed for people with little or no experience using
Microsoft Excel.  You will be provided with the skills necessary to plan,
create, and modify Excel worksheets and workbooks.  You will also learn
how to save your spreadsheets in HTML format and add them to a web page.
..."

Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets
Dates: September 10, 2001 - October 21, 2001(6 weeks)
"In this course, you will learn the basics of separating style from
structure within an HTML document. Start with Cascading Style Sheets
Level 1 and then move on into the recently approved Cascading Style
Sheets Level 2. ..."

JavaScript For The Absolute Beginner
Dates: September 10, 2001 - October 21, 2001(6 weeks)
"This course is for those students who have little or no prior knowledge
of JavaScript or programming, other than HTML, in general. It is designed
to teach the absolute basics of JavaScript in order to develop an
understanding of how scripts work and provide a gateway for the
implementation and development of original JavaScript code. ..." Read
more at

Dates: September 10, 2001 - November 4, 2001(8 weeks)
"By the conclusion of this course, students will have developed a web
site of their choosing, will be familiar with the HTML Strict DTD,
understand how to use CSS and JavaScript inline, will know how to use
Bobby to make their sites more accessible and will have received some
basic site design feedback. ..."

Introduction to HTML
Dates: September 10, 2001 - October 21, 2001(6 weeks)
"Designed for the student with little to no working knowledge of creating
HTML files "by hand." If you're looking to learn HTML from scratch or
move beyond using a WYSIWYG editing tool, this is the class for you. ..."

Get more information and a complete list of upcoming courses 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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5. 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
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Please remember that unsubscribing to HWG-News automatically resigns you
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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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