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Q1: I'm stuck on my first page. It didn't work. What did I do wrong?
A1: That first page is always the hardest. For a step-by-step analysis of what might have gone wrong and how to fix it, refer to Appendix A, "Readers' Most Frequently Asked Questions." (You'll find that appendix handy anytime you have a question that doesn't seem to be answered elsewhere in the book.)
Q2: I'm still not quite sure what the difference between a "Web page" and an "HTML page" is. And how are these different from a "home page" or a "Web site"?
A2: If you want to get technical, I suppose a "Web page" would have to be from the Internet instead of a disk on your own computer. But in practice, the terms "Web page" and "HTML page" are used interchangeably. A "Web site" is one or more pages that are created together and related in content, like the pages of a book. "Home page" usually means the first page people visit when they look at a Web site, although some people use home page to mean any Web page. Others use home page to mean a personal page, as opposed to a corporate Web site.
Q3: I've looked at the HTML "source" of some Web pages on the Internet, and it looks frighteningly difficult to learn. Do I have to think like a computer programmer to learn this stuff?
A3: Although complex HTML pages can indeed look daunting, learning HTML is several orders of magnitude easier than other computer languages like BASIC, C, and Java. You don't need any experience or skill as a computer programmer to be a very successful HTML author.
Q4: Do you need to be connected to the Internet constantly while you create HTML pages?
A4: No. In fact, you don't need any Internet connection at all if you only want to produce Web pages for publication on a CD-ROM, zip or floppy disk, or local network. Hour 2, "Create a Web Page Right Now," gives more detailed instructions for working with Web pages offline.


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