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Q1:What about Java? What about video clips, and sound, and forms, and frames? I want to be a Web auteur!
A1: Well, Web authoring is a very big topic. You've learned a huge part of it in just one hour, but there are thousand-page books devoted to the subject, and even 1,000 pages doesn't cover everything about authoring.

Besides practicing and sharpening the skills you've already learned, your next step (other than learning frames, perhaps) should be to learn more about online multimedia, specifically how to do more with pictures and how to add sound, video, and animation to your pages. There are many good books about this. Also, carefully study the design and layout of pages that impress you. Learn from what others are doing.

After multimedia, the next hurdle is writing Java applets and JavaScript or CGI scripts, all of which can be used to enable special interactive capabilities that aren't part of plain HTML. There are many good books about these too, but many folks, upon learning about these topics, suddenly decide that they already know enough about Web authoring. Just about anybody can learn to create Web pages and add multimedia to them. But learning Java, JavaScript, or CGI takes thinking like a programmer, and that's a specialized talent.


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