Re: To Web Thesis or not to Web Thesis

Subject: Re: To Web Thesis or not to Web Thesis
From: John Trollope <John -dot- Trollope -at- TEAM17 -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Nov 1996 10:36:06 +0000

>I am wondering if there are any PhDs/candidates who have or are writing
>part or all of their theses in HTML.
Well, I haven't done a PhD (yet), but I did put my M.Ed. thesis online.

>If so, did you start with the standard format and then modify for the
>web or was the original a set of web pages?

The former in my case. The biggest problems I had was that how to ensure
that everyone could read my paper - in the academic community, many are
still using browswers such as Lynx although I don't have a handy statistic
to back this assertion up.

I had also used the International Phonetic Alphabet which caused a real
problem. In the end, I had to use a different prononciation system.

It took me quite a while deciding on the logical order of my paper. I.e. the
credits page, the dedication, and all that. To simplify things for the
reader, I made every link available on my table of contents page.

I debated whether I would put footnotes at the bottom of the page or as a
separate (small) page. In the end I opted for latter, although I'm not sure
if this was actually the better solution.

Anyway, my dissertation was for a Master's in Teaching English as a Foreign
Language and is entitled "A comparison of reading strategies in a
computerised reading situation and in a non-computerised reading situation"
(yeah, one of those long-winded titles).


Comments are welcome.


John Trollope - John -dot- Trollope -at- Team17 -dot- com \ "Un dictionnaire,
French translator and product localiser \ c'est tout l'univers \ par ordre alphabétique"
Team17 Software, Ltd.- \ Anatole France
"A dictionary is the entire universe in alphabetical order" - Anatole France

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