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Can you remember a simpler time? A time before computers? Back when you didn't have to have a college degree to get just about any job. Life quickly changed once PC (Personal Computer) became a household item. It seems like everyone has at least one computer in their home. And if you are trying to stay ahead of the techno geek field, you better have that degree. Building a website is very similar to the computer boom. It started out simple. A little HTML; (Hyper Text Markup Language - or a "tag" language) and voila, you had a home page, or website. Now, people want pizzazz, snap; but to do this you need a degree, and lots of practice. There are many different languages to learn, Java, ASP, VBScript, PERL, PHP,XHTML, just to name a few. For most people, these are just high-tech geek words. They don't want to learn all that, they have better things to do, and their own job to maintain. They want a website *THEY* can create without having to know all of those geek terms. This article will show you how the 'Good Old Days' are back. (Cue music - 'Happy Days Are Here Again!')

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Intentions: Good and Otherwise

What we intend to do here is to give you the tools you need to create a simple webpage to put yourself and your work on the Internet. You'll learn what you need to know to make a webpage similar to this one. In order to keep the lesson as simple as possible, we are using only a very minimum set of ideas and leaving out some things such as Frames, and Cascading Style Sheets. The people in charge of standards for the World Wide Web are talking about discontinuing support for some of the code we use here, but most browsers today support it all, and we expect that to continue for quite some time.

The information that we present will allow you to create a decent webpage without spending a lot of time on it; but keep in mind that in order to lure viewers to return, you will need to provide fresh content on a regular basis. That's another reason for keeping it simple. It's easier to maintain.

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Both of the major browser families, Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox/Netscape, allow you to look at the source for the pages they are showing. The illustration shows the menu items as they appear in IE and Mozilla. You can also generally right click on the page to view the page source. If you are at a site which uses frames, this is the best option since using the menu options will only show you the frameset.

When you see something on the Internet that you like, this will allow you to see how it's done. Keep in mind that many commercial sites are very complicated, so you may have a very difficult time figuring out what the code does. We have tried to keep the code in this page simple. We've added comments to help you as well, so feel free to steal any ideas that you like.

Accuracy is important! Sometimes. The case of tags doesn't matter, but it does matter almost everywhere else, particularly in file names. Fri.jpg is not the same as fri.jpg or Fri.JPG, even though Windows might think they are. Try to be as absolutely consistent as possible and remember that computers have no sense of humor... in fact no sense at all. Sometimes a computer might figure out what you meant rather than just doing what you said, but don't bet the farm on it. When starting out, it's best to add code to your document in small incremental fragments and then see what it actually looks like in your browser. This makes finding and repairing the inevitable mistakes much easier.


About the Authors

Christopher Dale (Alias Bravo 6)

I was born in 1960 on Elmendorf Air Force base and spent the next 15 some odd years globe trotting with my family. This gave me a lot of unique opportunities to see the old first hand. It's just a shame I couldn't do it grown up so I could appreciate it more.

I am married to the most wonderful and understanding woman I know. And have been for 20 years. She gave me three wonderful very wonderful children and a life time of memories. We currently reside in the small, but growing, community of Leander Texas.

I work in the IT field as a Senior Software Quality Assurance person. I enjoy writing, in what little free time I have.

For people wanting to know about my work, I am always available via e-mail so feel free to contact me. Thank you for making my writing a part of your life, even if it is for a short time.

I have several articles published on the Long Ridge Writers Group site. The most popular seems to be my How To Use Storyboards

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Gary Kearney

GSKearney

I'm a 61 year-old retired electrical engineer and neer-do-well. I've been involved with computers one way or another since 1962, and I've been using the Internet and maintaining various kinds of personal sites for several years. I have a couple of other articles on the LRWG site including one on PC-Basics. I seem to have a knack for simplifying and explaining complex things. One of my proudest moments was teaching an excessively blonde bartender how to calculate square roots.


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Created on ... January 21, 2005