What on earth is HTML?...you ask!
HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language, HTML is the language used to format the documents on the World Wide Web. HTML uses formatting commands or "tags" that are embedded around the various parts of a Web document so your browser will know how to display that document's links, text, graphics and attached media. The tags do not appear on the browser screen, but translate the information for the browser.
The most important thing in web design is how does the page look to the viewer. But remember you can not fit everyones browser. In this day with browsers being free to try out...not having a current version of a good browser is folly. So aim for the middle road.
My favorite is Netscape 3.03 Gold. I have had virtually no trouble with it and the viewing of most web pages is better than the new version 4.0 that I tried.
The next important thing in design is FONTS ....the dull old Arial may be great for newscast but seeing it on every page is like eating spagetti every day of your life. Get some variety. Take some time to install great fonts on your machine and you will be surprised how many web pages take on a life you may have never noticed before.
To most of my pages I add the following:
for Free...the instructions on how to install using windows 95 are also there.
This allows the viewer to realize if each word on the page covers his screen something is probably wrong on his computer and not with the page design itself. I add my own font gallery so that visitors may upgrade their font folder if they choose. In the long run we all win.
If you have noticed Kat's Korner is a pretty big site.
How did she do all this you ask?
Can I do it too?
Well of course!
With the help of the web links below and a little bit of study
on your part anyone can do it.......
First head over to Joe Burn's page and pick up his tutorials on basic Html. He also has some not so basic stuff that becomes really easy after a bit of study
If you want some really great Java ready to cut and paste into your html docs..........Joe's place has that too! !
I found that the little bit of extra time that I took to study his basics has really paid off....
I know its pretty easy to just hop on the quick editors that all the browsers throw your way but I can't tell you how many people have asked for help to be bailed out because when something goes wrong they do not have a clue where to start and fix it.
And it is no wonder!! When you look at the code of these quick editors some of the best HTML writers would be at a loss.
Take a look at a sample of a case sent to me the other day.
Sausage Software's HotDog Pros again my favorite HTML Editor.
For a while between 4.0 and 5.0 I had major problems with it.
Everytime I tried to use it I ran out of resourses and I have always had a very powerful computer.
With the upgrade of 5.0 and now 5.5 those problems have been resolved.
This program is by far the Photoshop of Editors.
Learn the Basics of Web Search.
This handy page will give you all of the seach know how to find what you want in the shortest amount of time.
Here you will find links to most of the engines, indexes and yellow pages.
Click below to download your own digimark reader.......know if the images you nab on the web are really copyrighted.
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A little tip for you all...when I started out on this venture I tried out all of the graphics programs that I could get my hands on...I thought that Photoshop was to expensive...even though someone told me it was the best on the market...so instead I purchased Corel 4 then Updated my computer with Corel 5 loaded on it...I used Corel Xara...plus others to numerous to mention here...finally I purchased Adobe Photoshop 4.0...what can I say...I could have saved hundreds of dollars in wasted time...this program is the cream of the crop and worth every penny. I have not had any technical problems with it. I am now up to 6.0 and still love every moment I work with it.
I then purchased a plug in from Alien Skin called Eye Candy... also worth every penny.
My next purchase was Kai's Power Tools ... another great purchase.
This section is dedicated to some of the best photoshop links I have so far run across...ActionXchange has some really great actions it will make you want to run out and try them all...wonderful service they are providing.
Another great site packed with photoshop information Is Johann's she gives out a free plug in manager that is absolutly the best for managining the hundreds of plug-ins and filters you can accumulate.
If you need any things for your web site check out Mary's page
she has a lot of everything and you will probably find it there.
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