Creating Web Documents

HTML is the language behind a World Wide Web page. It is much less complex that it sounds! It stands for HyperText Markup Language; HTML is the type of documents a Web browser can interpret to display its various documents. The documents themselves are plain text files (ASCII) with special "tags" or codes that a Web browser knows how to interpret and display on your screen.

What is this document?

This page is not meant to be a complete guide to HTML. However, we encourage you to take a look at our tutorial, Writing HTML, designed to help faculty create lessons that access the Internet via the World Wide Web. See also the MCLI HTML resource list.

Why Create HTML files?

What do I need?

See also HTML references and guide to tools

Okay! How do I do it?

It may be easier to start with a sample document. You can modify its various features before venturing out on your own.

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Launch your WWW browser application.
  2. In another window open an existing HTML document or open a new window with your favorite plain text editor.
  3. Modify or create the new text in accordance to the rules for HTML format. Refer to one of the references listed above for more details.
  4. In the text editor, be sure to save the changes.
  5. Go back to the WWW browser application, and select Open... from the File menu. Fish around in the dialog boxes until you can find the document you just saved in the previous step.
  6. Voila! You should now see the document in Mosaic format
  7. If it's not perfect, go back to the text editor and make appropriate changes (and remember to SAVE).
  8. Go back to the WWW browser application. To update the changes, select Reload from:
  9. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Experiment.

Once again, another plug for our tutorial, Writing HTML.

Creating Web Documents
Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI)
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