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This course introduces web designers to the nuts and bolts of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the programming language used to create web pages. Author Bill Weinman explains what HTML is, how it's structured, and presents the major tags and features of the language. Discover how to format text and lists, add images and flow text around them, link to other pages and sites, embed audio and video, and create HTML forms. Additional tutorials cover the new elements in HTML5, the latest version of HTML, and prepare you to start working with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
A word processor is not a text editor. Yes, a word processor is used to edit text, but it simply will not work for this purpose. Editing text is only part of what a word processor does. It also formats text and this is where the problem lies. When a word processor saves a file it saves a lot of formatting information along with the file, and that's what makes it unsuitable for this purpose. And HTML file like most programming languages is a very specific thing. When you add anything to it that is not HTML, it simply will not work.
Likewise, and this is another vital distinction, an HTML editor is not a text editor. After you're finished with this course, if you want to use Dreamweaver, GoLive or some other WYSIWYG HTML editor, go right ahead. But it won't help you learn HTML. The purpose of this course is to learn HTML. So we will be typing HTML directly into a text editor. One more important distinction; neither Notepad on the PC nor Text Edit on the Mac are really capable of editing plain text files.
Do not attempt to use either of these editors for this purpose. I'll be using TextWrangler on a Mac. If you want a PC you may want to try Notepad++. These are both free and they're both fully capable text editors suitable for this purpose. You'll want to have several different web browsers available. I try to have all the recent versions of all the major browsers available as well as a few old versions. Unfortunately, different browsers support different features and some of them even support the same features differently.
This course was recorded at a particular point in time and by the time you view it, even if it's just a few weeks or months later, the browser landscape will have likely changed. It's important to know how your webpages will work in different environments and the only way to know that is to test it. Keep a lot of different browsers around and try these features on them to see how they behave differently. This practice will serve you well for the long term. I tend to keep a list of current resources on my website. Here you'll find links to the standards, reference sites, and resources about what HTML features work in what browsers.
I suggest you check it out from time to time in order to stay up-to-date with the current state of HTML.
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