I wrote the pages on this site, using HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), not by using one of the many HTML editor applications on the market, but simply by using "Windows Notepad"! Yep, it can be done, and what's more, it's dead easy! If you want to know more: read on! If you want more detailed information regarding HTML and web site design: go to my Links page, where you will find more resources; or go buy one of the many fat and expensive books that there are now available on the subject!
I learnt to write HTML through trial and error and reference to the W3C Standards back in the mid-nineties (when the web was in its early days) because there weren't any decent HTML editors at the time and the ones that were available were just not able to do the stuff I wanted!
Hence the reason I decided to write this tutorial: to make HTML and its "secrets" more accessible to those who are either just interested, or who cannot afford to pay a web site designer to build a site for them. I also wish to dispel the myth: that HTML is only for "geeks" or is just plain "difficult" - it really isn't!
Nowadays when I design a site, I do use Macromedia Dreamweaver - but being able to tweak the HTML by hand (and in fact, I still end up hand coding most of my sites) has these advantages:
The updated version of this site conforms to the transitional HTML 4.01 Standard as specified by the governing body of the web - the W3C (world Wide Web Consortium), and this is what the symbol at the bottom of the page means. However, even so, you will find that all browsers "parse" (read) code differently, which means even if your coding conforms to the Standard, your site might look slightly different in, say, Firefox compared to Internet Explorer. Being able to hand code can help these problems, although Dreamweaver has support for cross-checking code in browsers. We'll talk more about code validation later...
To conclude, this tutorial will show you everything you need to know to build up a site in HTML. You will learn how to set up a basic web page, text attributes, pulling in graphics, linking. Then you can move on to the more advanced "gizmoey" stuff like image maps, tables, forms and frames. Lastly, there is a section on how to actually get your pages published on the web (useful, that!). The next page is simply a list of Golden Rules of Web Design which I thought may be useful.
I have structured this site in a logical order of 'learning'. There are also extensive internal navigation links (the back and forward arrows) at the top and bottom of each of these pages. I would very much like to hear feedback (or notification of errors) from you, so do make use of the email link below the copyright information appearing at the bottom of each page.
So enjoy, good luck and here goes!