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Welcome to Sams Teach Yourself Internet and Web Basics All in One, the book that gets you into and all around the Internet and Web authoring all in one volume.

Who We Wrote This Thing For

We've designed this book for people who:

  • Are new to the Internet

  • Want to create great-looking Web pages without having to get a computer science degree

  • Want to personalize their Web pages with beautiful, custom graphics and animations

  • Don't appreciate being treated like imbeciles

By the way, being new to the Internet doesn't mean you're an idiot or dummy. You just have other priorities. Good for you.

You do not need to know a thing about the Internet, Web authoring, computer networks, or any of that stuff to get started with this book. However, you do need to know your way around your own computer. With a basic, everyday ability to operate your computer, you're ready to begin. We'll take you the rest of the way.

How This Book Is Organized

This book is divided into three parts:

  • Part I, “Internet Basics,” introduces you to the Net and the many different things you can do there—Web browsing, email, chat…the works.

  • Part II, “Using a Free Web-Authoring Program,” introduces you to creating your own Web pages and sites, and publishing them online. You'll do it with a free, easy-to-use program called Netscape Composer.

  • Part III, “Creating Your Own Web Graphics with Paint Shop Pro,” shows how you can create your own pictures—and even animations!—with the popular and powerful graphics program Paint Shop Pro. You can use the pictures you create in the Web pages you'll design in Parts II and IV, or anywhere else you need slick, professional-looking graphics.

Things You Would Probably Figure Out by Yourself

There's a long tradition in computer books of using the introduction to explain the little tip boxes and other page elements that are absolutely self-explanatory to any reader over the age of six. Just call us “Keeper of the Flame.”

Instructions, Tips, and Terms

Here and there, we use step-by-step instructions to show you exactly how to do something. We will always explain how to do that thing in the text that precedes the steps, so feel free to skip the steps when you want to. However, anytime you feel like you don't completely understand something, do the steps, and you'll probably get the picture before you're done. Sometimes we learn only by doing.

You'll also see three different kinds of handy advice set off in boxes:

A Tip box points out a faster, easier way to do something, or a cooler way. These boxes are completely optional.

A Note box pops out an important consideration or interesting tidbit related to the topic at hand. They're optional, too, but always worth reading. (Otherwise, we wouldn't interrupt.)

A Caution box alerts you to actions and situations where something bad could happen, like accidentally deleting an important file. Because there's very little you can do with this book that's in any way dangerous (except dropping it on your toe), you'll see very few Cautions. So when you see 'em, take 'em seriously.

One More Thing…

Actually, no more things. Dive in. The water's fine. And don't forget: Have fun!

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