Getting Started with HTML Basics

When you create a web page that includes text, images and links for a browser like Netscape or Internet Explorer, behind the scenes you create a text based source code that includes HTML tags for formatting your page, text, and pointers to image files and other web pages.

The HTML tags and text create a file called the web page's source code.

When Netscape or any Internet browser opens a source code/HTML file, it shows an interactive web page and incorporates the text, hyperlinks and images into an easy to use graphical interface.

When you surf the web, your browser is accessing HTML files sitting on other computers that are being served up to you through the Internet. The URL, or web address you use to see a page pinpoints a specific HTML file within a domain name. For example, the address for this HTML file is

To create your own web page, you can start by creating files on your own computer, cds or zip disks. Eventually, through a service provider (or work or school) you can post these files to a computer that can be seen by Internet users.

To learn how to create HTML files using a Mac's Simple Text or Windows based Word Pad start with information from the pages linked below. These pages serve as a companion site to my HTML courses.

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  • Using Photoshop for web page graphics.
  • Starter set of Basic HTML tags. Includes basic structure of an HTML page and tags to help stylize the page. Once you are familiar with these basic tags the next step is to learn how to add lists or work
  • Once you are comfortable with links, lists, tables and graphics try out anchors. Anchors create links within a page.
  • It is easy to convert word processing files to HTML, try converting the Thor Riddle.
  • For stylized pages and an opportunity to work more extensively with graphics, try image maps .

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