Programming for Humanists Fall Course

Programming for Humanists, run at Texas A&M will offer Zoom-based courses this fall. Registration is open now and closes on September 2. For details, and to register, see

Digital Editions, Start to Finish (8 weeks)

This course is designed for Humanities scholars who wish to create a digital edition of a text that is scholarly quality and can be peer-reviewed for promotion and tenure and/or used in classes for students who need access to rare texts. Students will learn all the basics of what Elena Pierazzo has described as “a new publication form called the ‘digital documentary edition’ which is composed of the source, the outputs and the tools able to produce and display them.” In this class, we will spend three weeks learning TEI encoding, the code used to create scholarly digital editions, as we will explain, and then will learn how to transform them into web pages using oXygen. Registration includes a one-year subscription to oXygen. Readings and lessons assigned before class meetings will take approximately two hours per week to complete. ($500)

HTML and CSS (6 weeks)

This class is for absolute beginners who know nothing about the code that lies behind the web sites as seen in browsers such as Google Chrome or Safari.  There are other sources available for learning HTML and CSS, but in this class, students will actually create HTML and CSS files during class time, along with the instructor; making mistakes is integral to learning the coding system, and so going over mistakes is an essential part of the course curriculum. The class consists of workshops in which everyone follows along, making HTML pages and styling them with CSS (Cascading Stylesheets). When problems arise, students will share their screens with everyone, and we will troubleshoot together. We will be using oXygen to create and edit both HTML and CSS.  Registration includes a one-year subscription to oXygen.  Note: Students who do not already have server space for web publishing will need to purchase or activate via your university web-accessible server space (e.g., Reclaim Hosting $30 per year, not covered by the registration fee).  Assignments requiring an hour to complete will be given at the end of every class to prepare you for the next one. ($400)

Taking both classes costs only $750 or $2,500 for 5 participants from the same institution.

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