Goodies has the goods on HTMLNov 12, 2000 Write an essay on this topic.
Although HTML may look very complicated at first, there are certain codes you will learn that will help you understand the more advanced code, which, as you'll find, really isn't all that complex. HyperText Markup Language is exactly what it says: a language. Many people forget this, and learn only the codes they need. This is not a good idea. If you're going to write your own HTML, you might as well write it all. Otherwise, just look for a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, like FrontPage or Netscape Composer. But these won't help you if you really want to learn HTML. Okay, I admit it, I do use FrontPage for my coding needs. However, I understand every single code I use, and if I wanted to (I wouldn't because I'm just a lazy bum *s*), I could hand-code my entire website and Epinions profile.
There are some basic guidelines for writing HTML, and for making websites with it. These include:
Please note that for some strange reason which I haven't yet figured out, your Epinions profile won't allow a lot of extra space in your coding. Be careful that there are no spaces in your profile except between words in a block of text.
- Always, always, ALWAYS put an "Alt" code onto your images. An alt code provides a little name for an image, so if (uh oh) your image breaks, or if someone is viewing your pages on a browser without image capabilities, they'll know what was intended to go there (instead of just a red x, they'll see the red x AND text describing the image). Also, include the height and width tags of an image. This way, if you have a large image at the top of the page, the rest of the page can load at the same time as the image, rather than waiting for the image to load first.
- Don't go overboard on the images! Unless you're trying to do a gallery or photo album, minimal is best. No one likes a page with so many images that it takes 10 minutes to load, and then you find out that there isn't much text anyway. It's a big waste of time for your visitors, and they won't be back. Your writing is what should be the content of your pages, not the images. A general rule of thumb is one picture per two paragraphs of text. And the picture should be related to the text, not just some little doodad that you think looks cute.
- Plan your site before beginning to build. Plan your navigation, especially. Also keep in mind WHO your target audience is, WHY you want to talk to them, and WHAT you want to talk to them about. If you're confused, chances are that your readers will be too.
- A good navigational system is extremely important. Without it, people won't be able to find your content. Try to organize your pages into categories and subcategories for easier navigation. For example, look at the Epinions site. You can see the navigation tree laid out at the top; right now, you're in Home > Computers > Software > Internet > Learning HTML. Using a navigational tree like this makes it easy for your visitors to see where they are and find their way back again.
Overall, HTML is a very easy language to learn. HTML is logical and methodical, and once you learn the basics, you'll be well on your way. Good luck with your future website!
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