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Building a Web Page for the Totally Lost

Baby Steps in HTML and Web Design


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If you are new to the Internet or you've never built a Web page before, learning HTML can be very intimidating. There are a lot of things that most "beginning HTML" programs assume that you know and understand about computers, the Internet, and the Web. But with this article, you will be able to start an HTML class without being afraid that you'll be in over your head.

The Basic Tools

In order to use this guide, you will need the following:

  1. a computer - either Windows or Macintosh
  2. Internet access
  3. an understanding of how to click on links and use Web pages
  4. the ability to follow on-screen instructions

Since the first two are required to even view this document, I'll address number three. If you are not comfortable with the terms "click" or "link" or "Web page" then I would suggest that you first check out About's Internet For Beginners site. Paul has many easy-to-understand articles on the basics of the Internet. Even people who've been browsing the Web for a while can benefit from the site.

This tutorial is written completely online. However, if you are uncomfortable doing online tutorials, you can go to the printer friendly version of this page, and print it out. However, as tool #4 says, you need to be able to follow basic instructions. You should not skip steps, or change the order, as this may change your results.

What is a Web Page?

When you browse the Web, you use a Web browser, the most popular ones are Internet Explorer and Firefox. These are simply programs on your computer, like Microsoft Word or iTunes, that open and view Web pages. A Web page is a document, like a Word document or MP3 file, that the Web browser views.

The big difference between opening a Word document and a Web page on your computer is that the Web page is not actually stored on your computer, while the Word document is. So the Web browser uses the Internet to access other computers and call up their Web pages for viewing.

Web pages are written in HTML (now, often called XHTML). This is a language that Web browsers use to understand how to display as Web pages.

The next page explains how to create a Web page - step-by-step.

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