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Part: I Your First Web Page > Create a Web Page Right Now

Hour 2. Create a Web Page Right Now

This hour guides you through the creation of your first Web page. The best way to follow along with this hour is to actually create a Web page as you read and model it after the sample pages developed here in the book. If you're a little nervous about jumping right in, you might want to read this hour once to get the general idea, and then go through it again at your computer while you work on your own page.

As mentioned in Hour 1, “Understanding HTML and XML,” you can use any text editor or word processor to create HTML Web pages. Although you may eventually want to use an editor especially designed for HTML, for this hour I recommend you use Windows Notepad or the Macintosh SimpleText editor that came with your computer. That way you won't have to learn a new software program at the same time you're learning HTML.

Whatever you do, don't try making your first HTML page with Microsoft Word 97, Word 2000, or any other recently released HTML-compatible word processor. These programs might attempt to rewrite your HTML for you in strange ways, leaving you totally confused.

Also be warned that the WordPad program that comes with Windows contains a bug that prevents it from saving text files properly, making it useless for editing HTML. For example, if you are attempting to save the file as MyFirst.html, WordPad will automatically append the.txt extension. Therefore, the filename will be MyFirst.html.txt. Because the browser considers the suffix after the last dot to be the true extension, it will be treated as a text file.

On the other hand, Notepad works just fine.



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