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Part II: Titles, Text, and Tables > Adding and Editing Text

Hour 6. Adding and Editing Text

Somebody once said to me, “Writing isn't so tough: All you have to do is find a quiet spot and open a vein.”

That's true, actually, but to the extent that writing a Web page can be made less immediately life threatening, a WYSIWYG editor does just that. The principal job in creating the text of a Web page involves two main tasks: getting the text into the file (by typing it, copying it, or importing it) and assigning paragraph properties to each block of text. The properties tell browsers how to present that text.

In this hour, you learn how to get text into your Web page files, format it by assigning properties, and edit it. Dealing with the text first is usually the best way to build a Web page; it forces you to think about and resolve issues related to the organization and flow of content. At the end of the hour, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What are the basics of creating the text elements of a Web page?

  • How do I control the text's general appearance and position on the page?

  • How do I type special characters that don't appear on my keyboard, such as copyright symbols?

  • How do I edit the text?

  • How do I check my spelling?

  • How can I save time and typing with cut-and-paste, copy, and other text-entry tips?


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