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Dennis' Wikipage

Page history last edited by PBworks 13 years, 7 months ago




Welcome to my experimental Wiki page. I'm using it as a way of playing around with editing

in Wiki. Please feel free to leave your reactions to it by clicking the "Comments" box

at the top of the page, especially regarding whether the elements I'm experimenting with

(diacritics and accents, for example), display correctly on your computer.

General Thoughts on Wiki


Here are my reactions, to date, on making a Wiki:


— I don't like some of the default settings (for example, the gray-green background color),

but I don't know how to change them—or if they can be changed.


— I like the "easy edits" made possible through using Wikistyle codes, but (probably because

I'm fairly familiar with html code), I often find Wikistyle codes confusing (because they're

quite different from html).


— I like the fact that I can also use html coding in addition to Wikistyle to make

"adjustments" of one kind or another.


— My impression is that Wiki pages can be done quickly because they rely heavily on

use of templates. This is definitely convenient, but if I don't like the look of

what Wikistyle produces, making adjustments to get what I want is sometimes not easy.

Using Special Characters


I have both a PC and a Mac, but I use my Mac for most things. On a Mac, it's easy to add

"enhancements" such as accents (acute, grave, circumflex), some diacritics (cedilla, eñe,

umlaut), and certain special characters (like the en dash, em dash, superscripts, and

subscripts) Web-based materials: all I have to do is to use the appropriate Mac keystroke

combination. Examples:


accents (Mac keystrokes)

José, Mônica, Thérèse


diacritics (Mac keystrokes)

abraço, João, güle-güle


Special characters such as en dashes, em dashes, superscripts, and subscripts also have

Mac keystrokes, but they may not display correctly in all applications. Do the marks

between 1 and 51, between Peabody and have, and between her? and was display

differently for you? Do the hyphen-like marks in the first set have different lengths?

If not, what about the second group? (They use html coding.)


hyphen, en dash, em dash (Mac keystrokes)

a ten-page assignment; pages 1–51; That assignment—Ms. Scott gave it—was both

long and difficult


a ten-page assignment; pages 1–51; That assignment—Ms. Scott gave it—was both

long and difficult


Other special characters do not have Mac keystrokes (or if they do, I can't remember

them), so to show them, html coding needs to be used. Examples:


superscripts and subscripts (html coding)

E=mc2; H2O


special diacritics (html coding)

Saša; Slovenščina (s and c with hacheks)

Kağan; teşekkür (g with breve, s with cedilla)


One way to find the html coding for "unusual" characters is to do a Google search

(for example, with html Romanian characters). Here's one pretty good source:



Displaying Links


It's easy to display external links: just type the URL:




For internal links, the easiest thing to do is to make a Wikistyle table of contents;

it will automatically link to different sections of a Wikipage. I don't like the way

the Wikistyle toc pages look, however, so I need to find a workaround. (There's an

html code for this, but I don't, at the moment, remember it.)

Embedding Audio Files




It's now almost 10:30 PM, Phoenix time; late this afternoon, I worked on a short

audio greeting. I recorded the greeting and then converted it to an .mp3 file with

Audacity. I then uploaded the .mp3 to my personal website. If all goes well,

you'll be able to hear the greeting by clicking on the small, right-pointing

triangle in the mini-console below:


The URL for Audacity is http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ . If you download it,

don't forget that you also need to download the Lame MP3 Encoder. Get it by

going to this TinyURL: http://tinyurl.com/bka3e .

Displaying PowerPoint Presentations


I'm still (2-22-07) working on this section.

Including Short Videos


2-20-07: 9:22 AM, Phoenix time


Earlier this morning, I was playing around with an old webcam that I'd forgotten

I had and was able to make the brief Quicktime movie shown below. To view it,

click on the right-pointing triangle in the miniconsole.


The quality of the video is only so-so, but I can probably play around with it

and make it a bit better. I can also use another webcam that I have, but not

until I relocate the installation script, which I've mislaid.

Displaying Information in a Table


In an earlier version of this page, I gave URLs for several websites. Here are

the URLs again, this time presented in a table:


  Arizona Guide: Where to Go   Where to Go in Arizona
  Infoplease.Com: Arizona Profile   Arizona Map
  U.S.National Park Service: The Grand Canyon     Grand Canyon information pages  
  geo-images.com     Picture Atlas: Arizona and the Southwest   
  d-oliver.net   my personal website
  Estrella Mountain Community College    where I've been working since 2001
  TESOL's Arizona affiliate   a professional website that I manage  

Comments (28)

Moira Hunter said

at 10:55 pm on Jan 16, 2007

I love your photo Dennis. It says everything about you :-)))

Anonymous said

at 12:19 am on Jan 17, 2007

Dear friends: as you know, it is not a competition. But as if it were, here are some prima donnas, Daf, Tere, Moira, Hala, Gladys, (I can´t name all of them. Neither I´m going to name the men)I´d like to have a flower for each one of the ladies participating in this event. My friendly hand to the gentlemen. Horacio.

Anonymous said

at 5:30 am on Jan 17, 2007

Thanks for the very kind words, Moira. I appreciate them!

Anonymous said

at 5:30 am on Jan 17, 2007

I agree, Horacio, that Dafne, Teresa, Moira, Hala, Cora, and Cristina (BaW07), plus Gladys, Claudia, Carla, Erika, and Silvana (BfB) are incredible; they're certainly prima donnas in the very best sense! I join you in offering each of them a flower!

Anonymous said

at 6:55 pm on Jan 17, 2007

Dear Dennis, glad to see your starting Wikipage. It's definitely going to be a great place for you and your friends. It's a good idea to pin you face to Wiki space. Everyone can remember whose place that is. Thank you again for the good idea.

Anonymous said

at 12:46 am on Jan 20, 2007

Hi, my friend Nina.

Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you understand why I used my photo. It's not that I'm interested in self-promotion (I'm not), but my photo clearly shows whose page it is, so it more or less "brands" it.

Poká for now—


Daf said

at 4:58 pm on Jan 23, 2007

Great wiki page, amigo Dennis :-) and thanks for the kind words and flowers for us, Dennis and Horacio :-)

Dennis, about your comment about the default font, you can use HTML tags to change your fonts and even the color. Pbwiki accepts html :-)

Congrats, Dennis!

Anonymous said

at 11:40 am on Jan 28, 2007

Hi, Dafne.

Thanks for the kind words.

Yes, I discovered through "playing" and looking at the source of other wikipages that I could use html.

I haven't worked on my wikipage recently but will soon.

Thanks again, Dafne. Abrazos!

Jose Antonio da Silva said

at 6:45 pm on Jan 29, 2007

Hi Dennis,
You are really doing a greatjob on your wiki. I saw you are constantly updating it.Tahnks for sending me the invitation. I will try to answer some of the questions your asking and try to learn a little with you.
Grande abraço

Daf said

at 11:47 pm on Jan 29, 2007

Hi Dennis, I took the liberty to add a table to content to your wiki. To do this, you only need to add <> and the word toc between the brackets on the part of the page where you want the table of content to show.

Un abrazo,

Anonymous said

at 1:46 am on Jan 30, 2007

You're working so hard !!!!

This wiki looks so fine and I want to know all the topics you do, too. Very clear and organized thougts!!! :)

Hugs, angeles

Dennis Oliver said

at 8:18 pm on Jan 30, 2007

Olá, José Antonio! Muito obrigado for your kind words! Yes, I'm trying to learn how to make a number of kinds of revisions and "adjustments" to wikipages, and I think I'm finally making some progress! Um grande abraço for you as well, José. Dennis

Dennis Oliver said

at 8:18 pm on Jan 30, 2007

Hola, mi maestra y amiga Dafne. Thanks for fixing my bobbles with the T of C. I now know how to make a T of C page, and in many ways I like the toc feature of Wikistyle a lot. The one thing I don't like is the way it displays. Oh, well . . . . Con abrazos y mís más finos deseos— Dennis

Dennis Oliver said

at 8:19 pm on Jan 30, 2007

Hola, Ángeles! Mil gracias for your kind words! I'm learning a lot as I "play" with this Wiki page, and if what I'm learning and recording is any help to others, I'm very glad! Abrazos! Dennis

Daf said

at 5:31 am on Jan 31, 2007

Hey, Dennis, you are doing wonders on this page :-)



Daf said

at 5:34 am on Jan 31, 2007

me again, regarding templates. There are 3 templates to select from in the free wiki, and now you can manage your templates (I read about it today). However, you can only do this on a blog you create because if you change the background it will be changed for the whole wiki ;-)



Dennis Oliver said

at 6:47 am on Jan 31, 2007

Dafne—mi maestra, colega, y amiga!
I greatly appreciate your kind words. !Mil gracias!
It's good to know that there are several templates available. I won't, however, try to use one of them because I certainly don't want to change this entire wiki!

Anonymous said

at 12:48 am on Feb 1, 2007

dennis, i love what you did with the audacity sound file
did you do the audacity recording on the mac?

Dennis Oliver said

at 8:17 am on Feb 1, 2007

Hi, Susan.

Many thanks for your kind words!

Yes, I used my Mac for the Audacity recording. Maybe I should've "stretched" myself by doing it on my PC, but the challenge was as much in getting the html right (so the miniconsole didn't open in a separate window) as it was in making the recording, so for making the recording and converting it to .mp3, I decided to use the platform with which I was more comfortable.

Anonymous said

at 12:26 am on Feb 2, 2007

Hi Dennis, I just love your style , sincere , reflective, friendly, accurate, so learning centered! I mean, you are eager to try new things but also ready to pose the right questions. That's why you are a teacher to all of us!
I agree with you as regards the template. It's not as stylish as current blog templates. However, I feel there's a great change underway. In the B4B wiki there's a brand-new rich text editor. Although some participants have reported bugs, I'm working on the weekly threads this week and so far I haven't had any problems.
Also, thanks for all the useful information about Arizona :)
Regards, Carla Raguseo

Dennis Oliver said

at 5:59 pm on Feb 3, 2007

Hola, Carla!

Mil gracias for your very kind words!

I'm interested in setting up my own Wiki, so I guess I need to play around with the rich text editor: thanks for the tip.

I'm glad you found the information about Arizona useful. It's been my experience that most people know about the Grand Canyon, but most people (including people in the U.S.!) don't know much more than that. One of the things that I find interesting about Arizona is its variety of climate zones—from subtropical desert where I live to sub-Alpine in some parts of the northern and eastern regions of the state. On my first trip to Arizona many years ago, for example, it was warm and sunny in Phoenix but about a 2.5-hour drive north of here, there were 17 inches of snow on the ground!

Regards to you as well, Carla.



Anonymous said

at 3:45 pm on Feb 4, 2007

Hi Dennis! Each time I visit your wiki page here I feel like so little I've known yet. Carla is absolutely right - you are a very good teacher for everyone in EVO07. Thank you very much for the assistance with counters and web stats.
My best wishes to you and yours, Nina from Ukraine.

Anonymous said

at 3:48 pm on Feb 4, 2007

22 COMMENTS!!! That tells its own tale! SUPER!!!

Anonymous said

at 3:43 pm on Feb 9, 2007

Hi Dennis! I came back to your wiki to link you to my multiply page and...WOW!...I love the changes. You truly are a great teacher! I'm going to try audacity to convert some recordings I made in my classes. I used a small mp3 player to record, but the recordings are in .ACT extension and I can't play them in Media Player because it doesn´t recognise .ACT Thank you very much for your tip! Bye for now :-)

Anonymous said

at 5:37 pm on Feb 20, 2007

Hi, Nina.

Wow! I'm really behind in reading my comments!

Thank you very much for your (as usual) very kind words. I'm glad my thoughts on counters and web stats were useful for you.

I don't know whether I've really taught anything to our co-participants in EVO007, but I keep plugging away at learning new things.

Thanks again for the kind words in your two comments on February 4th.

Best wishes as always!


Anonymous said

at 5:42 pm on Feb 20, 2007

Olá, Susana. I'm sorry for the SLOOOOOOOW response to the kind comments you made on February 4th.

I'm glad you like the changes I've made on this experimental wiki page. I've learned quite a bit from "plugging away" at it!

I hope you were successful in converting the .ACT files to .mp3 files. I guess I need to check out your "Multiply" page to find out! Best wishes! Dennis

Anonymous said

at 10:41 pm on Feb 22, 2007

Hi Dennis,
Just loved your wiki. It is reflective and you try teaching people how to use it and express your sincere thoughts about its "wikinesses"

Anonymous said

at 5:07 am on Feb 23, 2007

Olá, José Antônio. I really appreciate your kind words. Muito obrigado! I'm glad you understood what I'm trying to do: to use this page as "vehicle" for both teaching and learning. Believe it or not, I like Wiki, but the learning experience has not been an easy one. Abraços to you as well, my friend!

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