task 03 - document markup
Task - format a basic text document into a printer-ready book
Find an e-book on the Project Gutenberg website that is interesting to you. Your task is to transform, through skilful formatting, a basic text version of the book into one created to be capable of being printed out as a pocket book.
Retrieve the plain text version of the e-book from the Project Gutenberg site. Start with the main page and use the search tools on the site to find it. But how does one do this.
If one were to be interested in the book Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, you would navigate your way to its Gutenberg location and download the plain text version, in us-ascii format, with no compression and a size of 211 KB, from the main site. Save the document on your client as a .txt file. Once you have the document on your client, open it in MSWord (using the Windows default, if you are given a choice) and save it as a .doc or .docx file, so you can take advantage of some of the specific tools available in MSWord. Then format it, following the specifics in the gradesheet.
Prepare this task for a client who wants a product that can be printed as if it were to be bound. The book is to be formatted so that it may be printed with no special considerations everywhere outside of North America. A book format is about 5.8 by 8.26 inches, or 148 by 210 mm, but International Standard Paper sizes are not necessarily the same we are used to. There is an international standard that fits this size and the book should be formatted to tell a printer exactly what international standard and what associated size paper it expects to be printed on.
You will have a choice to work either individually or in three or four person teams on this task. If you choose the team option, when your team has completed the task, one member of the team will store it in that person's password protected directory. Each of the members of the team will place a hyperlink to it on their respective web sites (the individual storing it will have a relative link to it, the others will have absolute links to the finished task). When it's ready for me to download and grade, send me a note telling me to retrieve it from your websites.
You have a gradesheet to provide guidance. And you may wish to look at this presentation for a guide to how a document markup task might be done. The example here is not exactly the same as your task, but it is similar.
Everything on that gradesheet will be analogous to something we will have done in class.
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