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Intro to HTML
JamesR




msg:971950
 6:58 pm on Jun 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

HTML Primer

(Related Forum – Browsers, HTML, Page Design [webmasterworld.com] )

HTML, short for Hyper-text Markup Language, is the coding structure of the Internet. The basic advantage of this coding system is the ability to link to other documents on the WWW and the ability to “mark up” text, making emphases and structure beyond a regular text document. HTML has expanded over the years to include graphics, integration of other coding systems, and forms the basis for expansion into DHTML and XHTML.

Learning HTML should be a priority of every webmaster. Many programs like Microsoft’s Front Page enable users to manipulate web page elements with only a basic knowledge of the coding scheme but I personally believe this is a hindrance to the serious webmaster (read different views on this issue [webmasterworld.com]. Many programs leave coding artifacts that bloat the code, increase the web page size, and slow down the page load in a web browser. Some programs introduce proprietary code that will not work in every web browser. Many can get along just fine with these programs but one of the best moves I have made is to go to hand coding and regain complete control over my web sites. Hand coding in a text editor allows the webmaster to create streamlined code that loads fast and meets the HTML standards. See also WYSIWG and Text Editors forum [webmasterworld.com].

Getting Started

A newcomer to HTML can get started very quickly with the help of a few key resources. I learned by reading HTML 4 Dummies Quick Reference and built my first basic page in just a couple of hours. Other books found at your local library will probably also suffice. The web also includes some very good resources on HTML. I have listed a few below:

Getting started with HTML [w3.org]
A Beginner’s Guide to HTML [archive.ncsa.uiuc.edu]
Creating a Simple Page: HTML Overview [oreilly.com] (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

For more advanced reading, see:

HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide [oreilly.com] (Print)
HTML 4.0 reference [htmlhelp.com] (web)
W3C, world standards resource [w3.org]

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digitalbrain




msg:971951
 9:09 pm on Jun 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanx James,
Really a nice resource. ,

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