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Laying the Foundation: The Basic Structure of a Web Page 15 First, crank out a new text file. So, to get to the point at long last, the first thing you need to do is fire up your favorite text editor: · For most versions of Windows, you start the Notepad text editor by selecting Start, Programs, Accessories, Notepad. · If you have Windows XP, you launch Notepad by selecting Start, All Programs, Accessories, Notepad. · Mac fans can use the SimpleText program, the icon for which is in the Macintosh HD:Applica- tions folder. · If you have another text editor, launch it the way you normally do. Both Notepad and SimpleText display a brand-new text document automatically when you start each program. If you ever need to start a new document by hand, select the File, New command. If you prefer, it's okay to use a word processor such as WordPad, the program that comes with most versions of Windows, or Microsoft Word. Again, launch the program and a new document will be staring at you in a few seconds (or choose File, New to do it yourself). If you take the word processor route, please keep the following caveats in mind: · Don't use the program's commands to format the document in any way (such as adding italics or centering paragraphs).Not only do you run the risk of having a browser choke on these extra formatting codes, but every web browser on the face of the Earth will completely ignore your efforts. Remember, the only way to make a browser do your bidding and display your web page properly is to use the appropriate HTML codes. · Don't save the file in the word processor's native format.Be sure to save the file as pure text, sometimes referred to as ASCII text. More on this in a sec.