| Creating and Organizing Your Own Home Page|
Choose information which will present your ideas in a clear and cohesive
manner. The contents of your home page will be viewed by people worldwide,
you must make every attempt to convey your messages, information or ideas
using a well defined layout, informative text and appropriate graphics.
This will enable the viewer to understand what your page is about and hopefully
encourage them to continue viewing in your website. To start preparing for
this task, you should decide on the areas of interest that will be included
in your website and what will be linked to those areas. Choose these items
carefully. Collect graphics or links that you want in place within your
text, but remember to place these items strategically allowing for viewing
to return to your information. There are many graphics available on the
Internet which you can use in your page. Here is a list of a few sites to
Once you have explored these areas, chosen and saved graphics you must
begin to decide on where they will be placed on the page with your text.
Select colors, icons and buttons that will make your page easy to get around
in and a fun place to visit.
Are you sure you want to do this?
If you are going to begin learning HTML, I suggest you make a point
of learning to look at other people's web pages. What I mean is for you
to look at the HTML document a person wrote to present the page you are
looking at. Don't look at the finished web page, look behind it at the document.
You may be asking yourself, 'why would I do that'? Let's say you run
into a page that has a real neat layout, or a fancy text pattern, or a strange
group of pictures and you'd like to know how they did it. Remember, I'm
not telling you to steal anything, but let's be honest, if you see some
you like, you're going to use the idea. That's the point of looking at another
page's HTML document.
Here's how you do it: (This doesn't work for AOL, but keep reading)
1. When you find a page you like, Click on VIEW at the top
of the screen.
2. Choose DOCUMENT SOURCE from the menu
3. The HTML Document will appear on the screen.
4. Go ahead and try it with this page. Click on VIEW and then SOURCE.
It's going to look like chicken-scratch right now, but soon, it will
look readable and you'll be able to find exactly how an HTML document was
written. Those of you who use AOL will not find the VIEW Source
buttons described above. You will need to download the page as "source."
Do that by choosing SAVE AS in the browser window and save the
document in the "source" format. You will then be able
to look at the code later in your text editor.
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