This is Easy!!

When learning how to put together pages like the ones you see on the WorldWideWeb (like this one youre reading now!), you can easily test your creations on your own computer (until your creations get quite complicated... then it's harder).

What you need:

a web browser (a program like Netscape or Mosaic). You're using one now.

a "source viewer"... one of the choices up in your browser's menubar is something like "view source" (I don't know what browser you're using, so I can't say exactly). When you choose it, you should be able to see the stuff that puts these pages onto your screen: a combination of text and instructions (called "tags") that tell your browser how to present the text. Choose "view source" now, and see what happens. Whatever program pops up to show you the text should be usable for WRITING such text as well...

if your source viewer won't write and save PLAIN TEXT (also called ASCII) files, you'll need to find a word processor that will (Notepad on Windows? SimpleText on Macs?). A simple program is best, because you can't use word processing features anyway: things like boldface and big font sizes are done with simple instructions (the "tags" mentioned above).

What you do:

go to your "view source" menubar choice now and, when your viewer opens up with the contents of this page showing:

find the words "HTML Intro" at the beginning of the document

change them to "My Page" (don't put in any quotation marks)

find the words "Web Publishing ?" at the beginning of the document and change them to "This is Easy!!" (no quotes, please)

[ -=> are you being FORCED to use "This is Easy"?
[ NO... go crazy!!
[ Flames will NOT shoot out of your floppy drive if you
[ do something you think of as "wrong"...
[ in fact, MONEY will shoot out the floppy drive !!

save the document on your hard drive (make sure it's saved as plain old text). It's customary, but not actually necessary at this point, to put a ".html" ending on the filename. For Windows, ".htm" is commonly used.

come back to Netscape (or whatever browser you use) and go to the File menu and choose something like "open file" (or it may be called something like "open local"... but don't choose one called "open location" or "open URL"). Open the document you just saved.

you SHOULD see your newly changed page displayed by Netscape.
Congratulations!! You just created a web page!

If you don't see your newly created page, check your steps (especially the "save as plain text" part). If you can't get it to work, you may need a new source viewer... get in touch:

If the above worked, you're on your way!! Understand, however, that even though you can work on and view your pages at your own computer, no one else can see them. For that to happen, your pages must be sent to a computer that is set up as a "web server", one running special software so that it can interact with requests for files from others. Is setting up a web server difficult? It can be, or it can also be easy... but that's not today's topic... :-)

There are more several pages that try to show you the basics of putting together your own documents. They are much simpler than this page... as you look at them, make sure you use "view source" often, and try making, saving and viewing your own changes as you go...

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