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HTML

What is HTML? How do you write HTML? Why HTML is a good idea, etc.

HTML is the stuff which websites are made of. If you learn HTML you can write websites.

Like the noble art of computer programming some ability is required. But it is not difficult to learn some of the basics of HTML and make your own web pages.

I could teach you about HTML, but Annabella does it better. See www.annabella.net

There are also some good books about, such as HTML by Laura Lemay.

You don't need to learn everything about HTML. Just a few basics will get you started at making webstuff!

In the way of being able to take the back off a watch and see the workings, websites can be opened up to see the workings. You can do this by VIEW/SOURCE/HTML etc. Some sites make more sense than others when you do this. Xyroth Enterprises is a very good example of readable HTML, and the Zyra.org.uk page you are reading now is a reasonably good example! To actually SEE some HTML right now, you can either try VIEW/SOURCE etc (it's on the top left on some browsers), or enter the Guided Tour of Zyra's site mid-stream at Page4

There's a principle to website design where you have all the files of a website in a directory and have the definitive version offline. The front page of a website is always "index" by the way.

One way to learn more about HTML is to start altering and adapting HTML source-code in web-pages. This is easier than might be supposed. More advanced stuff can be attempted even without having to understand WHY it works. See HTML Tricks

Don't be put off by HTML looking like gobbledegook when you first look at it. It soon starts to make more sense!

Also see How to get a FREE website and the more recent page on How to Get a Website

HTML is good. It's faster and more efficient than ActiveX FLASH and is more accessible by all computers, Linux-friendly, AnyBrowser Compatible, etc. It's also possible to get at the workings of it, and so is a culture of learning and shared knowledge rather than a culture of sealed-units and protectionist markets.

OK, well, not everyone understands HTML, and if that's you, then what? Well there are some website editing tools which are almost as good as HTML, but without the problems of complex bloatware website editing software. If you really find HTML difficult, but you want to avoid the bloaty software, there are some basic website tools such as Microsoft FrontPage EXPRESS and Kompozer which are not too bad in terms of the code they produce.

HTML .htm files are web pages (whether they are online or offline), and they can be edited using a proper text editor which would probably think it's editing .txt files. In Linux, text editors are such things as ne , vi , gedit , and others. In Windows, notepad and Notepad2 are text editors. On the Apple Mac, TextEdit can be adjusted to make it work as a proper text editor as per http://support.apple.com/kb/ta20406. Whatever text-editor you use, there's a technique for learning HTML which is quite interesting. Here's what to do: Save a basic web page (such as this one) offline. Then, open the offline version with a browser AND with a text editor at the same time. Then change things in the text editor and save, and then look at the changes in the view version in the browser.