HTML

Hypertext Markup Language or HTML is the language of the web.

When you use your browser to look at web sites, you are really looking at HTML files. So if you want to develop web sites you need to learn something about HTML.

Of course any sane person these days wouldn't go to the trouble of learning HTML; they would just use a Web editor program (like Claris Home Page or Adobe Page Mill) to do the work for them. And later in the guide, we are going to do exactly that.

However, there are advantages to learning and teaching something about HTML first:

  • It's fun and kids can do it
  • Like math, it teaches you to think symbolically
  • It teaches you to control computers rather than merely using them
  • It's very engaging - Instant Feedback! - and channels creativity
  • When you do use a web editor it will make a lot more sense
  • It's the basis of the Web.

And as we said earlier, while you may use a calculator for most of the math you do, you still know how to do it by hand because you've learned arithmetic. Using a Web editor is like using a calculator; learning HTML is like learning arithmetic. Before we learn how to use a calculator, we're going to learn arithmetic.

So set yourself down, take a little time, and turn yourself into a Web Head. These are the Five Easy Pieces:

Files
Words
Pictures
Colors
Links

You can just read about these Five Easy Pieces, but you'll have more fun and learn more if you actually sit down at your computer and try it yourself. Just follow the steps; it's really pretty simple.

Intro | Comm | Pub | Five Easy | Web Ed | Found | Squeezing | Standards | Animate | Epilogue

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