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      10.03.2002 03:43
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      HTML is the standard language to place text, images, music and many more in a web page. It is very easy (in my opinion you can learn it in 2-3 hours, then you have only to improve it, try and try...). There are some TAGs you must remember (they aren't many) but the first times you can write them in a piece of paper. Then you have to create some web pages, different web pages, so you can use alle the TAGs, inserting music, form, tables and other effects. With the HTML you can only create static web pages, it's more difficult to create dinamic web pages (you have to know languages like ASP, PHP or PERL...), in fact with HTML you can say to your browser where it has to put the text, in which color, bold, italic... you have to write it. For example if you want a bold text you have to start with "<B>", write the text and close with "</B>". Some TAGs have their properties like <A> incription </A>: with "href" you can indicate the link where the text will take the visitor, "target" in which window open the link... For example <A href="hello.htm" target="_new">Hello</A> make a web page with "Hello" and if you click on it you will go to hello.htm (that will open in a new windows).

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        26.09.2001 22:54
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        What program do you use to write your websites? There are plenty to choose from - CoffeeCup, Cute-HTML, Netscape Composer, FrontPage... and countless more. They come with bells and whistles all the way from automatically finishing tags for you to providing a interface like a Wordprocessor or DTP package and just generating all the HTML code behind the scenes. In fact, a lot of modern Wordprocessing software comes with the ability to save your pages as HTML, so on the face of it, there's no need to even buy any special software. However, what I've generally chosen to use, over the course of years of experience and professional web design work, are just plain text programs that let me write the HTML directly. Why have I chosen to fly in the face of time-saving modern conveniences? Here are my reasons: 1. Text editors are free, easily available, and don't take up a lot of system resources. That becomes less of an issue as computer power increases - but I want to learn skills that I can transfer between different machines and operating systems. If I learn how a particular HTML editing package fits together, then I'll become dependent on that particular tool, which may not be so portable. 2. Writing HTML is the quickest way to understand HTML. Sometimes your pages will not act the way you expect, forcing you to either abandon what you're trying to do or look 'under the hood' at the HTML code. If you're used to dealing with raw HTML, this isn't as hard as it would otherwise be. After all, HTML is hardly rocket science - it essentially consists of wrapping your text in a limited range of angle-bracket enclosed <tags>. 3. What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) is a dangerous illusion. What you see in an HTML editor is the way that HTML editor displays your page. Unless you are writing for a very specific audience (maybe a company intranet where everyone has a standard browser) you need to test your p
        age on a range of different browsers. Writing raw HTML reminds me to think about the structure of the information more than the layout, and makes it easier to find solutions that will work for all visitors to my sites. 4. Related to the previous two points, getting your hands on the HTML allows you the maximum degree of control in fine-tuning it to your needs. Many HTML editing programs produce very messy code that is hard to read (and thus very hard to maintain if your original tool is no longer available). Even worse, some programs will take your hand-finished HTML and uglify it back to their own standards, undoing all your painstaking work. 5. When you use a specific tool, you are often quite limited in what you can do. You might be able to write basic HTML pages quickly, but will your editor start to frustrate you when you try to get into scripting with something like .asp or .php. Text editors are general purpose tools and can be adapted to all sorts of purposes. Maybe this sounds too polemical for your tastes. Maybe you are quite happy with whatever program you have chosen and feel that it makes you more productive. It's not my place to censure the tools you choose to use. However, I have found that using text editors for most of my work has given me a very good understanding of the medium of web design. If you haven't tried handcrafting HTML, then maybe it would be worthwhile digging up a text editor and seeing what you can learn. Nb. On Windows I normally use Editpad (http://www.jgsoft.com/); on Linux I opt for vim (http://www.vim.org/)... but even Windows Notepad will do at a push.

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          24.07.2001 21:02
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          HTML - Hypertext Markup Language, the driving force behind the development of the Internet as we know it, and a complete waste of time. As a web designer, I'd be lying if I said you don't need to know how to edit HTML, but please, don't waste any time learning how to write HTML from scratch - you just don't need to know it. My professional experience in web design has shown me that writing HTML is just another way to get in to the industry or to build a page, and that to really get motoring in web knowledge of Java, Javascript, ASP, or SQL will take you much further. Time spent learning HTML leaves less time to learn other, more profitable languages, which isn't a good thing. Additionally, with the amount of good websites offer HTML tutorials, you can very easily find a site that will give you details of specific tasks that can be achieved with HTML as and when you actually need to know (which is very rare). The range of WYSIWYG HTML editors available on the common market means that fewer and fewer people are actually building sites in raw code, and rightly so. Furthermore, the World Wide Web Consortium is moving coding standards away from HTML to XHTML, in advance of XML becoming the web coding standard. All of this means that HTML holds less and less weight on the modern Internet. Whilst it's not massively difficult to learn, and is a strong starting point in IT for the non-technically minded in comparison to other coding standards, the buzz surrounding HTML and web development is beginning to fade. If you want to make money working in web design, don't waste your time here - learn XML or databasing for web usage. So what would I advise you do? Go and get a trial copy of Macromedia's Dreamweaver, and learn how to build a site using that. Or Allaire HomeSite. Or Microsoft Frontpage. Or HoT MetaL Pro. Or...

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            23.07.2001 18:30
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            If you know how to code HTML, then you'll think it's easy, you probably won't understand how anyone could not pick up on this simple formatting language, or even, why they would not want to. If you don't know HTML, you'll probably use something like Frontpage (god help you), DreamWeaver or HoTMetaL, or something similar anyways. You'll probably think that HTML is really tricky, wouldn't know where to start, and probably aren't even sure exactly what it is. You probably haven't got a clue why anyone would ever want to bother attempting such a difficult task as learning HTML when there are plenty of programs around that mean you don't have to. Well, you're all stupid. You're all right, a bit, but still stupid. :) HTML is not difficult, but then again, neither is trainspotting, stamp-collecting or matchstick-figure building, wanna try them for fun? Thought not. I don't think there's a single internet dooyooser alive who I couldn't teach HTML to in under 30 minutes, they'd be able to code their own web pages, lay them out, include images and even use a little CSS /* Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Files which define the style of your site. Very useful if you understand that sort of thing. Saves repeating things over and over. */ Thing is, there are probably lots of you out there who don't want to be able to do that, couldn't care less, and are content to stick to what you know. Well, as much as I dissaprove with your negative attitude toward learning, it's not my place to tell you what to do now is it? I am strongly for HTML. I think if you're going to put in the effort to make an even fairly sized website, I think you should make the effort to learn HTML. Hand-crafting the bare bones of your site in HTML does no end of wonders for the finished product. The site will be faster loading, more accurate, and far mo
            re personalised. /* Why will it? All the programs that code HTML shove in loads of unnecessary code that makes it difficult to customise the layout properly, make the filesize bigger (longer download) and change the look to something you didn't want (accidentally) */ /* Teach me! This isn't a tutorial on HTML, I'll put one of those on my own website soon. However, here are some basics to further your understanding. Open notepad. Text file. Smashing. This is where all of your HTML gets typed, you save it, and rename it with a ".html" extension. That's it really. HTML is made up of tags. <opening> and </closing> tags. Within the opening and closing tags are words. These words within the tags are affected by the properties of the tag. For example: <tag name="first"> This text here is part of the tag named "first" </tag> this text isn't. That's about it really. If you understand that then the rest is as easy as drowning. One of the worst things about HTML is it's poor compatibility. One would think, being the most widespread universal language, it would have good rules, good grammar. Truth is, it doesn't, depending on whether you use Netscape, IE, or a Mac then HTML will always look different. Sadly. I think everyone should try it. You're all capable, but you don't have to. Cya Jack.

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              22.07.2001 04:45
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              How about doing some HTML! Many of us know HTML and many dont. To get started with the basics let me tell you the full form of HTML, its "Hyper Text Markup Language". There are different types of markup languages such as the recent one XML that is "eXtensible Markup Language". HTML is the interface between the surfer and the internet website. HTML is nothing mere than text coding which the browser reads and displays accordingly. The browser follows the commands which are known as "tags" which are coded in text. Every tag once opened has to be closed like if you want to close the <table> tag you have to close it like this-"</table>" that is by a slash (/). There are many rules in HTML like to make an HTML page, it has to be coded in any text editor such as Windows Notepad. There you start your coding. The coding always start with the opening of <html> tag and closes in the end with </html>. Next is DHTML, integral part of HTML. DHTML is use to make a webpage more attractive. With DHTML you can bring unbelievable effects to your webpage such as the scrollbar on the right would have its colore changed, make the look of your webpage different, make an object move around the screen, and many many more!!! The only disadvantage of DHTML is that most oh them cannot be viewed in old browsers. The effects such as scrollbar color change is only seen in Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 and not in older versions. HTML DHTML are quite easy and can be learnt through online resources for begineers and advanced users. Here are some good sites for you to see. http://www.htmlgoodies.com http://www.dynamicdrive.com http://www.wsabstract.com http://www.codebelly.com http://www.codebrain.com http://www.web-source.net http://www.bignosebird.com http://www.webmasters-resources.com http://www.123webmaster.com http://javascript.internet.com These all are great sites from where you
              can get more information. Thank you and have a nice day making webpages.

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                27.06.2001 02:20
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                HyperTextMark-upLanguage.There is a great bad feeling from the common internet user. Lets face it it just that phrase is enough to make you forget it. What is it used for?It is used to create documents whcih can contain text,pictures,animations sounds...and much more other dynamic content.he webpage you are looking at now is writen in it!!! So why is HTML so great?Simple. i can be easily interprted and so any compatible browser can read it. This means HTML can be used to make croo-platform documents for many OS's, not just for webviewing. Also HTML is easy extented through various methods...SSI,javscript,ASP. So you are planning to make a website and figured you needed to use HTML?Personally i wouls just get a easy editor like Dreamweaver 4.0 etc. For the curious though, HTML works on the basis of tags.Lets say i wanted big wrinting for my title: <H1>My title</H1> The H1 means header 1(largest) and the </H1> closes that header.We could also center it: <center><h1>My title </h1></center> Notice how caps do not matter and closing tags must close in order "open first - close last" There are also some special tage such as <body>stuf here</body> All the main BODY of your page goes here.You can also add certain options in that tag such as: <body bgcolor='#FFFFFF'>stuff here</body> the #FFFFFF just represnts a Hexedecimal color code for the body color of your page. You could also extend the content in your page using the script tag to use javascript or vbscript (in IE): <script language='javascript'> alert('Hello'); </script> This will send a hello alert to the user. Here is an example to round up:(NOTE:<html>tags must be used to open and close the document:) <html> <head> <script language='javascript&#
                39;> alert('hello'); </script> </head> <body bgcolor='#FFFFFF'> <center><h1>Title here</h1><center> <br> <br> <font size=2>Text here</font> <font size=3>Text here</font> </body> </html> The <br> tags creat a "Break". The <head> tag contains any invisibl content to be processed before the document loads. The <font> obviousy cahnges the font! ;) For som good tutorials i suggest: www.webmonkey.com www.builder.ocm Also ,ost webhosters give quite a bit of info too in their help pages. My personal opinion is once you understand the bascis learn by reading other people's code by viewing the source.In IE this can be dom by right-clicking and clicking "Viewsource".Netscape Navigator is similar. Good luck!

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                  22.05.2001 00:24
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                  I took - actually no, I was forced to take - an HTML course as part of my additional studies programme at sixth form. Expecting it to be dull and incredibly complicated, I was in for a pleasant surprise! I don't want to give a lesson on HTML here, but maybe some tips would come in useful. Firstly, if you're thinking of writing a website, I really would recommend you write it yourself rather than using a programme (you use microsoft notepad for this). Not only does this give you a lot more control, the sense of acheivement and satisfaction you receive from doing it provides a huge boost. I also think it's less complicated in a way - you can see exactly what's happening and know why everything on the page looks the way it does. The first step I would suggest would be to take a look at the HTML tutorials on the web. These range from total beginner stuff (trust me, you absolutely do NOT need to be a computer whizz to do this) to the kind of thing that would make a nuclear physicist's mind boggle! The very first thing you will probably be surprised at is that there is not *one* website language (HTML is only one of many, although it provides the basis of all sites). Java, Javascript and Perl are just a few examples. However, these are all very complicated and most people never progress to the stage where they can write them freely as they can HTML. The second thing - this really confused me when I started - is that HTML itself has many different versions and also looks different depending on what browser people have. Some HTML commands (or "tags" - they look like <THIS>) won't be recognised on older computers. Some commands won't be recognised on Netscape, but they will on Internet Explorer, and vice versa. When I began writing a website it looked great on my computer - a very new one, equipped with IE 5 - but when I looked on it with Macs, or with older computers with older versions of IE and Netscape
                  , it looked appalling! So try to view your website on as many different computers as possible, while you work on it. As for the different versions of HTML - I say, just use the commands you need to use and don't bother about whether you're mixing HTML strict with HTML flexible, or whatever it's called! A lot of people think writing HTML must be boring and something of a 'nerdy' thing to do. Well actually, I think it gives you the opportunity to be very creative! Choosing the colour or picture for your background, the colour, lettering and size of your fonts, the pictures to use, how to organise the information on the page so that it looks stylish yet clear... This all gave me a lot of enjoyment. I'm not much of an artist, and for me, creating web pages was like painting a picture - except the result is always flawless and you can change anything you don't like at a click of a button! There are tons of images, fonts and backgrounds on the net if you don't have these already. Once you've got going a bit, the best way to learn (apart from tutorials) is to look at personal webpages already up. You know, the really twee ones from boring couples in Utah (searching for sickly animal names is a good way of finding them - try "Pooky"). These will be amateur enough for you to be able to glean some useful tips from - just go to the view menu and click 'source' (in IE) - you could just check out dooyoo's source now if you wanted, the first few pages aren't *too* complicated. I found out a lot of tricks from these kind of sites - try it! Finally, I would encourage everyone to have a go at doing this, I really would. Knowing HTML is bound to come in useful some day, if not now!

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                    07.05.2001 08:38
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                    Well I was going to use this space to give people a tutorial on a few different types of DHTML scripts. But I think I will use it a little better and give people an insight as to what HTML is and what role it plays for our internet viewing. Also I will throw in some links for those who would like to take it a little further and get in on this web authoring business themselves. Now you have to remember, when the "internet" first started there were no websites. Everything was done through BBS's which I am sure most of you remember. Then finally people needed something a little better to transfer there data. So in came HTML, which was then used over private intranets as a means to transfer documents and allow others access to these documents. Then heading towards 1993 the internet took flight in a big way, HTML became the standerd for displaying information over the internet. And to cut a long story short it escalated from there, moving to more advancements in Web Browsers and the HTML code itself. Now as most of you know (or for those who don't) HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language and is the core of all websites. When you see a webpage it is comprised of a series of HTML tags such as The tag that you no doubt see when you open the source of a website, this tag indicates to the broswer that it is a HTML document type. So then you will see a tag of which indicates that this is the end of the HTML document. Almost 90% of HTML tags have a closing tag. The closing tags look like . Now most of the display work for a website can be done through HTML. But for more interaction with a website many authors like to insert javascript code into there pages. To give desired effects. Also there is something called DHTML (Dynamic HTML) which you may want to also look into =) Now anyway I will stop waffling as I do not intent for this to be any scratch of a tutorial
                    to HTML. Just informing those that do not know alot about it, that there is a HTML world out there waiting to be coded. If you are interested in getting involved with HTML and web designing.. May i recommend the following links. www.webdeveloper.com http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ http://www.ukans.edu/~acs/docs/other/HTML_quick.shtml

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