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Chapter 16. Creating a Web Page > Word's HTML - Pg. 391

Figure 16-10. Getting ready to dissect a simple web page this folder, Word saves all of the related components that go with the page as sep- arate files. These components include any graphics or special objects inserted into the page. This is necessary because the protocol used to retrieve files from the Web (HTTP) is only capable of retrieving one file at a time. When a web page is requested, the browser first downloads the page itself. This page contains all of the HTML used to create the page and display the text on that page. This HTML also contains ref- erences to any additional components that then must be downloaded one at a time and displayed in the browser window. Web pages can be saved anywhere. If saved on the local computer, they can only be accessed from that local computer or from computers on a network with that com- puter. If saved on a web server (whether on the Internet or on a local intranet), those pages can be viewed by anyone with access and even linked to from other web pages. This chapter is really meant to be an overview of the kinds of tools Word provides to create web pages and doesn't pretend to cover them all in detail. If you're really interested in creating web pages, I'd like to offer two suggestions. First, don't use Word. It's fine for cranking out the occasional web page, but there are much better tools out there for the job. Second, get a good book. I recommend starting with something like O'Reilly's own Web Design in a Nutshell, by Jennifer Niederst. Creating a Web Page Word's HTML I said earlier that many web designers consider Word's HTML messy, to put it kindly. Now it's time to see what that means. Consider the rather simple web page shown in Figure 16-10. Not much to it, right? In this section, you're going to get a close look at the HTML code Word creates. Word's HTML | 391