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HTML Crash Course

1 - Introduction by Javrix
Posted: 10 May 01

Anyone who is planning on ever becoming any type of web developer should know some HTML.  Whether you're going to use Frontpage, Dreamweaver, or even just good 'ol Notepad, you've come to the right spot.
So let's get started:

What is HTML?  What does HTML mean?

First, let me explain what HTML is.  HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language.  Basically it's the core language for web pages.
HTML is a language that browsers, like Internet Explorer (IE) and Netscape Navigator (NN), read.  We've all used an internet browser.  You're using one right now to look at this.  Probably either IE or NN.
When an internet browser goes to a web page, it reads HTML.  The HTML tells the browser what the page looks like and what it should do.

HTML is a language as I said before.  HTML is made of things called tags.  In an HTML document, if we wanted a word to be bold, we would use an HTML tag.
All tags go inbetween the < and > symbols.  We want a certain word to be bold.  The HTML code for bold is the letter B.  So we put it in tags: <B>.  Anything after this HTML code will be bold.
So how do we stop the words being bolded?  We use an ending tag.  It's just like a regular tag except it has one extra character in it: </B>
So if we want the word bamboo to be bolded, we use the following code:

<B>Bamboo</B>

There are some software programs that do this code for you, like frontpage, dreamweaver, interdev, and the list goes on.  But even if you use one of those, you should still know the basics to HTML.
Why?  So you can get the page EXACTLY the way you want it.

Let's move on and create our first web page...

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