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Creating a page for the web or for
by Ursula Hoffmann
Most web pages are in HyperTextMarkupLanguage, extension .html or .htm.
(An alternative could be Java but it is much harder and more time
consuming to do well.)
Here are four simple and no cost
methods to create an html page:
Note: Word has a better spell
checker than Netscape.
- Use Word to create a document. Then save it as a webpage.
use Excel for a spreadsheet, or Access for a datafile)
- Use Netscape Composer to create a document. (Netscape is
freeware. Go to
netscape.com to download the software. Full version.)
- Use Word to type a text document. Press Ctrl-a to select the
text, press Ctrl-c to copy it to memory, open a new file in Netscape
Composer, press Ctrl-v to paste your text into the Netscape file, then
format and save it.
- Provided you have both Internet Explorer and Netscape, you can
use IE to browse, and Netscape Composer to edit. In IE, click Tools,
Internet Options, Programs, and enter Netscape as your HTML Editor. (MS
sells its own editor, FrontPage, but it creates larger files than
But a page created in Word and saved in web format has a larger file
than one created in Netscape, so it loads more slowly. I therefore
recommend the second or third method. (see file formats and transmission)
Important to remember:
- File names: They should
mean something. Do not call your documents doc1, doc2, or your images
image1, image2, etc.
- On a PC or Mac, you can assign long file names, such as "this is
a really long file name for my memo about my students' grades"
- On the web, a file name may not have spaces or any characters
aside from letters, numbers, underlines. So, save the web version in
the previous example as "grades_students_memo"
- Browsers: The two most
commonly used are MS Internet Explorer (IE) and Netscape. The most
current Netscape browser is version 8. (The AOL
browser emulates IE but does not always get it right.)
- However you create your page, view
your web page in both IE and
Netscape, and adjust whatever does not appear the way you want.
- Provided you have Netscape 7.2 installed you can use it to edit
html files while in IE: in IE, click Tools, Internet Options, Programs.
For HTML Editor, enter Netscape. When you click File, you will see the
item Edit with Netscape. Clicking it causes Netscape to open.
- In a Word document, they are embedded. So, the file includes the
- In an HTML document, they are referenced. So, they need to be