* Irene's Country Corner * - HTML





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HTML, that is, Hypertext markup language, is the language the computer uses to create web pages. Uniform resource locator (URL) is what takes you to an exixting document on the World Wide Web (WWW).



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When I decided that I wanted to have my own web pages, I knew nothing about it, I had no idea how to start and what do do. After making some research on the Internet, I read something about using the Windows Notepad to create HTML documents, or editors that do not require any HTML knowledge and I decided to give it a try. To those who do not know what an HTML document is, I will give a quick explanation.

HTML documents are text documents that consist of tags between which you write all your text and the information the browser will use to display a page on the web, like the type of the font, colors, background etc.

The tags start with a left bracket (<) and end with a right bracket (>). If you want the color of your text to be black, you will have to write your text between these tags: <FONT COLOR="#000000"> </FONT> This will tell the browser to display the text in black. The code used for the black color is #000000. Every color has a code. If you want to change it to white, for example, the code will be #FFFFFF.

You use the tags to specify the font type, size or color, color of the background, to add a background image, pictures, graphics, midis, write scripts that will make your scroll bar colored, avoid right-clicks and many other things.

There are many things you can write between the tags to make your web page, such as the title of your page, the color of the background, the color and type of the fonts, the images you want to display etc.

After you have learned the basics, you can start using scripts that avoid right-click, text highlight, make images fall from the top of the page etc. You can get all these free scripts in many sites, such as Dynamic Drive, The Java Script Source or Lissa Explains it All.

If you are thinking of making your web page, first, you will need an editor, which is a program you will use to write the HTML code. You can use any editor that create the codes for you and you do not need to know anything about HTML, or the Notepad for Windows. It is nice and quick to use the editors that do not require any HTML knowledge, but when you want to add new scripts and enhance your pages a little bit, you will know nothing about HTML and will be lost, so knowing the basics of HTML is a good thing to do. There are many sites where you can find all sort of information about HTML and I recommend Lissa Explains it All.

When you look at an HTML document, it will basically look like this:

<TITLE>* Irene's Country Corner * </TITLE>
<P><CENTER><FONT COLOR="#663300" FACE="Tempus Sans ITC">This is where I write my text, put images etc. </FONT></CENTER></P>

When you open the HTML document you created in your browser, you will not see the HTML tags, but a page like this one.

Once you have an editor to start creating your web page, you will need to find a web space where your page will be hosted. There are many free web space hosts you can use. Some of them have pop-up windows that may be annoying, others have large advertising banners, but not the pop-ups ads. Most people I know use Yahoo/Geocities or Bravenet. Besides web hosting, Bravenet also offers many other free services you can use even if you do not use Bravenet's web hosting, such as guest books, mailing lists, message boards and free counters.

When you have your pages done, you will need to upload the HTML documents and all images and midis you are using on your pages to your own web space. Never make direct links to other people's images. This is what is called bandwidth stealing. When people direct link they steal bandwidth and makes the site's owner pay for the exceeded amount of data transfer or the server closes the site for a determined period.

And the most important thing: never forget to give credit on the same page and never uses graphics without authorization. If you create your own images and uses your own pictures, do not forget to add a note anywhere on your pages about the copyright information, so other people will know that they belong to you and are not public domain.

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If you use graphics made by other people, do not forget the link back to their sites on every page their graphics are used. If you like the graphics you see on a site and they were created but someone else, do not take the graphics from that site, look for the link to the site where they have come from instead. Many graphics sites are now requiring paid registration for the use of the graphics and if you are not a registered member and the author or any registered member finds these graphics on your pages, you may have a few problems in the future. So, it is always better to do the right thing.




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