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Introduction to Web Page Creation

What are Web Pages?

A web page is nothing more than pages of text with coded messages that tell your browser how to display the web page file. This code is called HTML or Hyper Text Markup Language.

Web pages may be created by writing HTML code and content using a text editor or word processing software. They may also be created using web authoring software (Dreamweaver, FrontPage, etc.) or programs such as Word or PowerPoint that include HTML translation tools.

Any computer can read HTML files. You can create web pages using both PCs and Macintosh computers. is the organization that establishes and maintains standards for HTML and XHTML coding.

For the next month, we will create a series of web pages using a variety of methods: plain old-fashioned hand-coding using a text editor, working with HTML editors, and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) software tools. By the time we finish this series of lessons, each student will have created an individual web site with multiple web pages, all accessible through a main home page which contains a snazzy animated image which each student will have an opportunity to design and create.

There's no need to be nervous--throughout this series of classes, I will schedule and hold a series of drop-in tutorial labs to provide one-on-one assistance.

Basic HTML Coding


Web Authoring Tools

Within this class, we will have an opportunity to explore several different web authoring tools and products. Once class is over and you are on your own, you may want to test some of the other tools available to assist you in the creation of Web pages. Microsoft Office products such as Word, PowerPoint or Excel all come with HTML translators that allow you to save your files in Web page format. These translators change your .doc, .ppt, or .xls files into html files and create accompanying folders that contain converted images and style sheet instructions that determine how your Web page will display. If you use this method to create your Web pages, you will need to move your html files and associated folders to a Web server. If you do not move all the files and folders into their correct places, you links may not work or your images may not display.

There are also commercial products such as Dreamweaver or free products such as Seamonkey which may be used to create individual Web pages as well as entire Web sites. To download a trial copy of Dreamweaver, click the following link:

To download a free copy of Seamonkey, click this link:


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