Instructions for the Report on
Driving Psychology Facts

Note: Before you proceed, please check the instructions for your generations.html file and your newsgroups.html file on how to format the various sections of this report. The instructions there also apply here.

_____ 1) **Prepare a facts document for the general Web public, similar to the one at Dr. Driving's site, but in a more advanced form. It should be suitable for students writing research papers, reporters writing newspaper stories, or driving school instructors preparing materials for their classes. Note that the facts in this document are not referenced: this is a major weakness. In your report you need to give appropriate references. Note also that the facts are not explained or commented on: this too is a weakness. In your report you need to give a commentary on all facts you select to present.

_____ 2) **Each fact entry could be either a sentence, a paragraph, a Table, a graph, a picture, or ?? and should contain the following:

_____ 3) **The entries of all facts should not be placed in this file. Instead, they should be placed in a new file to be called "facts.html". Make a link to this file so readers can look at the facts, then click back to your report. The collection of entries should be grouped by category of fact as follows: (use only the categories for which you have at least 3 facts)

  • Accident Analysis and Reconstruction
  • Car Design
  • Car Seats or Child Restraints
  • Civic Group Activism
  • Congestion in Traffic Commutes
  • Court Cases
  • Cyclists
  • Drinking and Driving
  • Driver's Ed
  • Driving Schools
  • Elderly Drivers
  • Gender Differences among Drivers
  • ITS (Intelligent Traffic Systems)
  • Insurance
  • Legislation
  • Multi-tasking in the Car
  • Passengers
  • Pedestrians
  • Road Design
  • Road Rage and Aggressive Drivers
  • Speed Limits
  • Surveillance Cameras
  • Traffic Calming
  • Traffic Law Enforcement
  • Traffic Safety
  • Young Drivers

There are 25 categories listed: try having at least 3 facts in at least half of the categories (i.e., 13x3=39 entries in all). Use each the following tools to locate information (they are not analogous or equivalent so you need to use them all!)

a) Web search engines for online documents and position papers
b) Newspaper search engines for articles, editorials, poll results
c) Specialized search engines offred by government databses, insurance foundations, citizen activist organizations, publishing companies
d) Library online catalogues for books and statistical almanacs
e) CD-ROM databases at Hamilton for journal and magazine literature searches

Go look how a G10 student did this report:  K. Kaneshiro  Driving Psychology Facts  Before going on to do your own report, be sure you analyze his report for strengths and how you might imporve on it.

_____ 4) **Find topics in the Rothe book we use that relate to some of the facts in your collection. Discuss their importance in that light. See also our class discussions on this (consult your notes).

_____ 4) **Take a look at how other students in your class have done this report (when the drafts are posted). Describe your impressions and reactions to the reports you look at--link to them. How do they compare with yours in
(a) content, (b) approach, and (c) presentation.
Note: hurry up and post your draft of this report so others can complete this part of it!! Please email the class when your report is first posted.

_____ 5) **Add a tagged Conclusion section explaining how you think future generations can use your document for finding better ways of educating the public in cyberspace through making driving psychology facts available more easily. How can future generations further your project to its next step? Summarize the steps you've taken and those of other G8 students, then indicate future directions for G9 and beyond--be very specific. Consult your class notes to see what you have on it, or bring it up on our email discussions.

_____ 6) Add a centered h1 heading, calling the document:
Driving Psychology Facts:

_____ 10) Put this in your HTML [title] field (or use Page Properties command): Driving Psychology Facts by FN/ LN, Gxx/ Year, University of Hawaii

_____ 11) Place a Table of Contents at the top of the document with links to all the sub-sections.

_____ Note: Students often forget this item--but it is required: The first item in the Table of Contents MUST be called Instructions for this Report and it must be a live link to this document.  Points will be deducted if you forget this requrement!  Do it now.

_____ 12) Be sure you add a Navigation Table and e-mail button at the bottom of the document.  This is a requirment for all your documents.  Check now now to see if you have on in all your documents.  Do it now!

_____ 13) Using your web browser, check your document screen by screen: no screen should be made of just one paragraph (i.e., no paragraph should exceed one screen full--it's too hard to read that way!)  Just look at every screen:  it should not be made up of all text--separate using paragraph breaks.

_____ 14) Spell check your document before uploading!!

_____ 15) Check the visibility of your text: patterned backgrounds are not allowed. Darker colors are not allowed. White bgcolor is always excellent, especially if you vary the font face, color, and size to enhance visibility and emphasis (no blinking text allowed). Remember: your text looks different in different browsers and computers, so you need to experiment and ask others. You may also use graphic enhancers such as color bars, color dots, icons. However, animated icons are a problem if they distract attention from the text. Using the Table tag in html allows easy control over the color of each column and the placement of text on the screen. See this example for how to change the color of fonts. See this student's effective use of varied font faces, colors, and sizes.

_____ 16) Check the way your document loads after it contains everything. How long does it take? Does text appear on the screen while one waits, or is it blank? Slow loads and blank screens are not allowed, so you must choose graphics that are low in memory size!

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