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WRITING HTML was created to help teachers create learning resources that access information on the Internet. Therefore, the exercises here involve writing a lesson called Volcano Web.
However, this tutorial may be used by anyone who wants
to create World Wide Web pages. The lessons cover the basic elements of web pages that can be opened and displayed from any computer.
By the time you have reached the end of this
tutorial you will be able to construct a series of linked web pages for any subject that includes formatted text,
pictures, and hypertext links to other web pages on the Internet.
Curious? Then peek at the web that you will create in this tutorial (Basic HTML 2.0 version, lessons 1-14; Advanced HTML 3.0, lessons 1-23). For faster performance, you can download an archive of all files used in this tutorial. Most of the lessons can even be done offline.
Why Create World Wide Web Pages?
Because everyone else is? Wrong!
World Wide Web is a unique tool which allows you to access not
only text but also
information from across the Internet world.
For more examples of how the web is used as an instructional tool, see our searchable collection of
Teaching and Learning on the WWW
This tutorial covers the steps for writing HTML files and provides illustrative
examples for creating web pages.
In these lessons you will:
In this tutorial, you will be creating a World Wide Web page that is itself
a lesson called Volcano Web.
- identify and use different HTML formatting
- create and modify HTML documents using a simple
text editor program such
as TeachText for the Macintosh or NotePad for Windows.
- write a lesson that presents information,
graphics, and provides hypertext links to other documents on the
What is HTML?
or HyperText Markup Language,
is the format that tells a web browser how to
displays its multimedia 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. With just a simple text editor, you
can create your own World Wide Web-based pages or
information centers that connect to the Internet.
MCLI WWW InfoPage for related HTML resources and guides.
This tutorial assumes you have a basic knowledge of how to
use your web browser menus, buttons, and hypertext links.
Since you are reading this page, we can also assume that
you are at a computer capable of running a World Wide Web
browser program. For more about the World Wide Web, see the
WWW Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or any of the many
items available from our own
You should have access to a word processor or text editor
program capable of creating plain text files. Examples are
the ones that come standard with system software, i.e.
SimpleText for the Macintosh or NotePad for Windows. We strongly
urge that you use the most basic text editor while you learn HTML and then later you can explore some of the many HTML "editors" available.
If you use a word processor such as Microsoft Word or Word Perfect
then you must save your files as plain ASCII text format. You
should also be familiar with switching between multiple
applications as well as using the mouse to copy and paste
selections of text.
If you download the tutorial files, you can do nearly all of the lessons off-line. If so, you want to look for options to set in your web browser or network software so that it does not immediately try to connect to the Internet when you launch the web browser program (i.e. in NetScape Navigator, you can set the preferences to "open browser with blank page").
How the Tutorial Works
We suggest that you proceed through the lessons in the
listed order, but at any time you can
return to the index to jump to a different lesson. At
times you may want to print a page-- It's easy!
Just select Print from the File menu of your web browser.
As a convention, all menu names and items will be shown in
bold text. All text that you should enter from the
keyboard will appear in typewriter style.
Within each lesson, you can click on a link that shows a
sample HTML file for that section.
Before You Start...
- Use the Hotlist or Bookmark feature of your
web browser to mark the lesson index page so you can easily get to other lessons.
- We've written instructions generic to
any web browser; sometimes
the menu names or features may not match the web browser you are using.
- This tutorial will show you how to create web pages that can see outward to the world. It will not tell you how to let the world see them; to do this you need to
locate an Internet Service Provider that
provides web server space.
- We cannot highly enough recommend the Yale C/AIM WWW Style Manual and
Andy King's Webmaster Reference Library.
While You are Doing...
- Refer to the HTML tag summary page as a reference.
- If you are having trouble, see if your situation is covered in our Writing HTML FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).
When You Are Done...
Once your web pages become available on the World Wide Web, please list them
on our Writing HTML Alumni page using
our registration form.
Who did this?
Writing HTML was developed by Alan Levine, instructional technologist at
the Maricopa Community Colleges.
Tom Super provided instructional design support. Many others have given helpful
suggestions, corrected typos, and expressed their thanks!
Time to Get Started!
Now, if you are ready, go to the index of lessons or go straight to the first lesson.
Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI)
Maricopa County Community College District, Arizona
The Internet Connection at MCLI is
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