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Web page creation tools
There are several methods of creating and maintaining Web
pages. Ultimately, they all result in the creation of an
ordinary disk file, typically with a name ending in
".html", that holds one page's content. Within that
file, the content is described in a special tagged language
called HTML (for HyperText Markup Language).
It's a good idea to have at least some familiarity with HTML,
but there are tools that will insulate you from having to deal
with it. However, some of the tools create HTML that is
extremely hard to maintain with any other tool.
To learn HTML, see the references on the
HTML help page, or our locally-written guide
`The Web's source language: basic HTML'.
- The author recommends direct creation and editing of the
HTML using your favorite text editor. This is more work,
but gives you full control of every detail. For Linux
users, see `Selecting a text editor' for details on the
available text editors. On Windows machines, you can use
Notepad, but you will have to fix the permissions on the
files created before they will be visible on the Web;
see `Web page hosting policies at www.nmt.edu' for more on permissions.
- Adobe's GoLive product is installed on all of the TCC lab machines
that have scanners, and also on all instructor machines in
classrooms. This is a modern, full-featured Web design
package with a graphical user interface.
- All the popular browsers (Netscape, Mozilla, Internet Explorer,
Opera, and so on) have Web page creation systems.
- Microsoft FrontPage is free on all Windows systems. The
author does not recommend it, as it tends to create HTML
that is extremely difficult to modify with other packages.
- You can export documents in HTML form from
most of the popular word processing packages such as MS Word,
Open Office Writer (a Linux-based package similar to MS Word),
and the various Macintosh packages. However, as with FrontPage,
the HTML created may not be so easy to modify with other tools.
Next: Web features: the major parts of HTML
See also: Web construction and maintenance at the NMT Computer Center
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