Let's build a web page together. If you want to concentrate on CONTENT (thatís what you do best) and leave the structure to someone else (thatís what I do best), you are in the right place. A web page can be made by simply taking any text file and changing it's extension from ".txt" to ".htm". That's it. Done. Oops! That is too simple, but absolutely true.
Technically the web page should be structured using HTML tags like this:
<!-- more non-printing tags like "meta", "link", and "style" -->
<!-- page CONTENT goes here -->
HTML tags are those things contained in angle brackets: "<" and ">". Some special character codes (beginning with "&" and ending with ":" will also be used. To keep this simple, we will discuss a short list of "tags" and "special characters" only as needed. Please print the full list of HTML tags and the special character list for your reference.
Begin by creating a text file that contains the following:
This is the last time that you will need to fetch Notepad to create a new file. From now on you will copy your previous work and deal with content. For this lesson series there are also a few minor navigation issues that will be addressed. Click on the "My Page" button at the top of this page to view your page and then return here to proceed. The "Example" button will dispay a page that shows what your page should look like and offers some explanations. Click on the "Next" button for the next build page.
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