Out On the Web Without a Net
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Art librarian Susan Jurist began using the World Wide Web because she wanted to show her art to friends on the East Coast.
``I could e-mail them text, but I couldn’t send them pictures,″ she said. ``I put up a home page so I could tell them `Go here and see all the neat stuff I’m doing.‴
The experience she gained from the project led her to help her employer, the Art and Architecture Library of the University of San Diego, create a Web site. It features detailed maps and a floor plan, information about staff and hours and even art exhibits by students.
For example, by clicking on the name Belinda DeLeo, a user is whisked to the pictures and text of her haunting Master of Fine Arts Show, held last spring.
To create the library’s Web site, Jurist used a computer scanner to turn pictures of the school and maps of the library into digital files.
She then added code known as HTML for creating the links, or hypertext, that join one element to another. It isn’t complicated but can be time-consuming in a long document.
Word Perfect and Microsoft recently began giving away add-on software to their word processing programs that automatically executes HTML code.
Many businesses are hiring experts to create a Web page rather than risk something that looks amateurish and face the barbs of Internet sophisticates.
For instance, Hearts of Space, a record label and producer of a college and public radio show, hired consultant Eric Theise, president of Liberty Hill Cyberwerks in San Francisco.
More than 900 people a day now visit the Hearts of Space page. Once there, they can view the playlists of every Hearts of Space program for the last three years and click to see songs that played.
Click on a song by an artist who records with Hearts of Space and the band’s latest CD cover pops up on the screen, complete with text from its release sheet. Theise is working on adding sound clips.
Having a Web site up allows Hearts of Space to reach its primary audience of college students, plus European customers who have never heard the show.
``There’s a real desire for this kind of music in Europe, but it’s hard to get information on it. With the Web, someone in Germany see everything in the catalog,″ Theise said.
The library’s home page is at http:(two forward slashes)gort.ucsd.edu(forward slash)sj(forward slash)aalhome2.html.
The Hearts of Space Web site is at http:(two forward slashes)www.hos.com.
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