Creating Web Pages for Dummies (with CD-ROM)

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Creating Web Pages For Dummies has empowered thousands of regular folks to publish personal, business, hobby, and other kinds of pages on the exciting and ever-expanding World Wide Web. Now completely updated, Creating Web Pages For Dummies, 2nd Edition, gets you up to speed on the latest Web authoring tools, HTML enhancements, and multimedia innovations. Authors Bud Smith and Arthur Bebak provide a brief Internet primer for those new to the brave new online world and then get down to business showing you how to ...
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Overview

Creating Web Pages For Dummies has empowered thousands of regular folks to publish personal, business, hobby, and other kinds of pages on the exciting and ever-expanding World Wide Web. Now completely updated, Creating Web Pages For Dummies, 2nd Edition, gets you up to speed on the latest Web authoring tools, HTML enhancements, and multimedia innovations. Authors Bud Smith and Arthur Bebak provide a brief Internet primer for those new to the brave new online world and then get down to business showing you how to use HTML (HyperText Markup Language), prepare graphics, and upload files to a Web server for the world to see. Smith and Bebak also share their own expert advice on designing attractive pages that don't take too long to download and on organizing sites in which users won't get lost. Best of all, Creating Web Pages For Dummies, 2nd Edition, comes with a bonus CD-ROM containing valuable software, such as America Online for Macintosh and Windows, a try-out version of Adobe's PageMill Web authoring tool, and other applications to make creating your own Web pages easy and fun.

The perfect guide for beginners, this all-new addition to the bestselling For Dummies series clearly describes how to create and publish attractive, useful pages on the World Wide Web. In crystal-clear English, it shows users what to do before getting committed to a Web page, and also explains publishing do's and don't's, VRML, HTML, SGML, URL, online services, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764501142
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Just a Hop, Skip, and Jump
What's the Book About?
CD(-ROM) for Me, See?
Step Lively Now
Part-y Time
Part I: Getting Started with Web Publishing
Part II: A Home Page in a Day
Part III: Better, Faster, Stronger Sites
Part IV: Web Publishing Tools
Part V: The Part of Tens
Part VI: Appendixes
Icons Used in This Book

Part I: Get Started with Web Publishing

Chapter 1: Web Publishing Basics
The Internet Begets the Web
What the heck is the Internet?
What the heck is the World Wide Web?
Being a Player on the Stage of the World Wide Web
Getting to know the cast of Web characters
Examining the HTML script
Building the set with image maps and forms
Putting Your Name in Lights on the Web
Stumbling blocks on the Web
Kirk versus Spock in Web publishing
Seven steps to successful publishing on the Web
Chapter 2: Your Web Publishing Strategy
Web Page Design Guidelines
Ask "Why am I doing this?"
Don't spend too much time on design
Put your work on the panel
Put the good stuff first
Think twice about download times
Know your audience
Use text bites
Look at sites you like
Plan for ongoing improvements
Define and measure success
Types of Web Sites
Personal sites
Topical sites
Commercial sites
Entertainment sites
The . . .For Dummies Way to Web Publishing
Plan your site
Create the content
Publish your Web site
Chapter 3: Just Enough HTML
Ready: A Refreshingly Brief Description of HTML
Why learn HTML?
Working with HTML documents
Set: HTML Horse Sense
Ten key HTML tags plus one
Go: Create a Web Page with HTML
Create a blank file for your HTML
Heads -- you win
Get a head and some body
Add a little list
Look back (and forward) in anchor
Browse your own weblet
Next steps in HTML

Part II: A Home Page in a Day

Chapter 4: Put a Résumé or Home Page on the Web
Instant Résumé Publishing on the Web
Getting started with contact info
Choose sections
Sort the sections
Enter data
Preview and post your résumé!
Publicize your résumé's URL
Create a Personal Web Page Fast and Free
Applying for your personal home page
Waiting for Godot (or whatever your password is)
A home (page) of your own
Expanding the old homestead
Even More Web Freebies
Chapter 5: Using Online Services for Web Publishing
Choosing an Online Service for Web Publishing
The best online service
The best Web access
The best Web publishing support
Publishing Your Web Page Online
Get your page online with America Online
Getting served with CompuServe
Publishing Wizard 101
MSN Web publishing "coming soon"

Part III: Better, Stronger, Faster Sites

Chapter 6: From Web Page to Web Site
Getting a Target in Your Sites
Personal and topical sites
Business sites
Improving Your Site
Adding more pages to your site
Intra-site navigation
Adding external links to your site
Setting a table in your site
Friends don't let friends do frames
Getting good form(s) in your site
Making sure your site counts
A Basic Business Site
An example business site
Going beyond the basics
Chapter 7: Graphics, Multimedia, and More
Dealing with Graphics
Speeding up slow pages
Graphics formats -- GIF and JPEG
Obtaining and creating graphics
Three things to avoid
Graphics in HTML
Use the <IMG> tag for inline graphics
Add an A-for-anchor to create a graphical link
Advanced GIFfery
Multimedia and Beyond
Sound and video
Putting QuickTime in your Web page
Page description languages
VRML
Web programming
Beyond HTML
And more
Chapter 8: Publishing Your Web Pages
Getting Web Server Space
Web hosting service features
Options for Web server space
Finding a Web hosting provider
Transferring Your Files
Arrange your files before transfer
As simple as FTP
Using online service file transfer
Putting Your Site to Work
Test your site
Get feedback on your site
Publicize your site
Count and keep users

Part IV: Web Publishing Tools

Chapter 9: Be True to Your Tool
What's in a Tool?
How Do You Evaluate Tools?
Chapter 10: Go Golden with Netscape Navigator Gold
About Netscape Navigator Gold
Understanding the basics
The bottom line
Getting Netscape Navigator Gold
Downloading the demo version
Buying the complete version
Using Netscape Navigator Gold
Granting yourself a title
Entering and formatting some text
Adding a link
Adding an image
Looking at the HTML
Publishing your Web page
Netscape Navigator Gold and Beyond
Chapter 11: Grinding Out Pages with PageMill
About PageMill
Understanding the basics
The bottom line
Getting PageMill
Copying the demo version (Macintosh only)
Downloading the demo version
Buying the complete version
Using PageMill
Granting yourself a title
Entering and formatting some text
Adding a link
Adding an image
Looking at the HTML
Publishing your Web page
PageMill and Beyond
Chapter 12: Heat Up Your HTML with HotDog Pro
About HotDog Pro
Understanding the basics
The bottom line
Getting HotDog Pro
Installing the CD-ROM version
Downloading the online version
Using HotDog Pro
Granting yourself a title
Entering and formatting text
Adding a link
Adding an image
Looking at the Web page
Publishing your Web page
HotDog Pro and Beyond
Chapter 13: Tool Along with BBEdit
About BBEdit with HTML Tools
Understanding the basics of BBEdit
The bottom line
Getting BBEdit
Copying the CD-ROM version
Downloading the online versions
Using BBEdit
Granting yourself a title
Entering and formatting text
Anchoring down a link
Adding an image to your image
Looking at the Web page
Publishing your Web page on your own
Beyond BBEdit Lite
Chapter 14: More Authoring Tools
How to Find Tools
Cross-Platform Authoring Tools
High-end authoring tools
The Ant
Internet Assistant for Word
Windows-Only Authoring Tools
InContext Spider
Web Wizard
Macintosh-Only Authoring Tools
msw to html
TextToHTML
HTML TableTool
The bottom line

Part V: The Part of Tens

Chapter 15: Ten Web Publishing DOs
Do Think about Your Target Audience
Do Use Good Sites as Models
Do Get Permissions for Content
Do Use Links to Outside Sites
Do Use Graphics and Multimedia
Do Think Before You Create
Do Ask for Feedback
Do Test Your Pages
Do Publicize Your Site
Do Update Your Site
Chapter 16: Ten Web Publishing DON'Ts
Don't Inadvertently Limit Your Audience
Don't Abuse Netiquette
Don't "Borrow" Content without Asking
Don't Make Your Site Hard to Navigate
Don't Abuse Graphics and Multimedia
Don't Forget ALT Tags and Text Equivalent Menus
Don't Forget the Basics
Don't Start by Setting Up Your Own Web Server
Don't Forget the "World" in World Wide Web
Don't Be Afraid to Learn More

Part VI: Appendixes

Glossary
Appendix A: Web Service Providers
Appendix B: A Quick Guide to HTML Tags
Versions of HTML
How to Use This Appendix
HTML 2.0-Compliant HTML Tags
Other Widely Used Tags
Less Frequently Used Navigator Tags
All Tags in Alphabetical Order
Appendix C: Using RESOURCE.HTM
General Web Developer Resources
Microsoft Windows Web Resources
Microsoft Windows Software
Macintosh Web Resources
Macintosh Web Software
Java
ActiveX
VRML
Usenet Newsgroups
Appendix D: What's on the CD-ROM?
Windows 95 Files and Folders on the CD-ROM
Macintosh Files and Folders on the CD-ROM

Index

License Agreement

Installation Instructions

IDG Books Worldwide Registration Card

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