Timelines are a form of data visualization. We are taking pieces of data (dates, times, images, text) and presenting them in an interesting way to tell a story or make an argument. Digital timelines have the advantage of being interactive, so you can embed interactive media, link to other materials (such as your longer essays that are part of this assignment), and edit them to add new events, or correct errors.
TimelineJS was created by the Knight Lab, part of Northwestern University, as a way to provide journalists a quick and easy way to build an interactive timeline that could be included with online news stories. It requires no programming or coding knowledge, although if you know HTML and CSS you can use those languages to add additional features to your timeline, such as links and different styles.
TimelineJS works best in Firefox or Chrome, requires a Google login. You can either use a Gmail account, or create a Google account associated with any email address (including your @gettysburg.edu email). If you are using a non-Gmail account, click Use my current email address instead when signing up.
You can do some basic formatting using HTML. You can copy and paste the examples below in your spreadsheet and replace the TEXT HERE with the appropriate text.
To add a link to a webpage:
<a href="LINK HERE">TEXT HERE</a>
For example, to link to the Gettysburg College website, you would use:
<a href="https://www.gettysburg.edu">Gettysburg College</a>
Which results in
To italicize text:
To bold text:
To add a blockquote:
To add a line break between paragraphs:
PARAGRAPH 1 TEXT </br> PARAGRAPH 2 TEXT
<p>PARAGRAPH 1 TEXT HERE</p> <p>PARAGRAPH 2 TEXT HERE</p>
If you are comfortable with HTML, then you can use just about any sort of HTML/CSS combination in your text. W3Schools has several good tutorials.