Easy Web Page Creationby Mary Millhollon, Jeff Castrina (With)
"Easy Web Page Creation" is the ideal Web-creation guide for people who want to build their own home pages but don't know where to start. The book proves that, armed with key facts about Web page mechanics and design concepts, people with average computer skills can skillfully build a professional-looking Web page with the resources they already have on
"Easy Web Page Creation" is the ideal Web-creation guide for people who want to build their own home pages but don't know where to start. The book proves that, armed with key facts about Web page mechanics and design concepts, people with average computer skills can skillfully build a professional-looking Web page with the resources they already have on hand, such as Microsoft "RM" Office 2000. It shows readers with basic computer skills but no prior publishing or design experience how to create a variety of Web pages from simple online community pages on MSN "RM" to full-blown multimedia sites using Microsoft FrontPage "RM". It also demonstrates how to plan, upload, and maintain a Web site, and it presents a wealth of tips and advice about good Web design practices. With "Easy Web Page Creation", Web site success is within easy reach of anyone from grandparents to Generation X-ers and any organization from hobby groups to government offices, and small businesses to established enterprises.
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Chapter 1: demystifying Your (Future) Home PageBasic Hoopla
Most likely, you're fairly familiar with the not-so-newfangled invention called the Internet. Further, we're willing to bet that if you're contemplating the idea of creating a Web presence, then you know how to use a computer on some level. We're also assuming that you've surfed the Web at least a few times, you can use basic applications (such as word processing packages), and you can click a mouse with the best of 'em. Fortunately, your basic computing knowledge is all you need to be able to create Web pages-well, your basic computing knowledge along with this book, of course!
Your first job on the road to becoming a Web page developer entails building on what you already know. For instance, in addition to moderate computing capabilities, you should have an inkling of how the Internet, the Web, and Web pages relate to one another. Therefore, in the spirit of our goal of clarity and simplicity, we'll cut to the chase in this chapter and briefly describe the main elements of the world's largest networkthe Internet, the Web, and Web pages. After we get the fundamentals out of the way, we'll spend the remainder of this book talking about planning and building your Web pages.
The Internet-Just a Bunch of Hardware
To put it simply, the Internet, or the Net, is hardware-lots of hardwareconnected together to create a massive worldwide network, as illustrated in Figure 1-1. The Internet's hardware encompasses all the components a person can physically touch, including computers, routers, cables, telephone lines, high-speed data circuits, and other physical network pieces.
For now, that's really all you need to know about the Internet-it's the hardware. No need to regale you with a long diatribe about how the U.S. government's Cold War paranoia spurred the development of a noncentralized computer network. If you're curious about the history of the Internet, you can find information online and at your local bookstore or library. (Also, see the resource section on this book's companion Web page at www.creationguide.com for some history-of-the-Internet resources.)
Now that we've clearly identified that the Internet is the hardware, let's take the next logical step. Like all computer hardware (think of your desktop or laptop computer), the Internet needs software-otherwise, the Internet's hardware components would simply sit and gather dust on a worldwide basis. Enter the World Wide Web.
The Web-Some Software for the Hardware
The World Wide Web (also known as WWW or just "the Web") is a little more esoteric than the Internet. That's because the Web consists of software (including programs, documents, and files) that enables information to travel along the Internet's hardware. To help illustrate the Web's role relative to the Internet, here's a short story we first told a few years ago when explaining the role of the Web to Internet newbies:
Long ago (back when insects and arachnids could talk), there lived a spider of unusually bright intellect named Tim. After watching the ants work all day, Tim met up with the lead ant at the time, Bill. The ants, as usual, were incredibly successful at gathering and storing food, but Tim thought the spiders could team up with the ants to make life easier for both groups. Tim approached Bill with this plan, and Bill saw the logic in it. In fact, Bill suggested that they incorporate other creatures into the workgroups as well. Soon, Tim and Bill recruited grasshoppers, flies, and earthworms to become partners in the food-gathering venture. The creatures thought it was a splendid idea, so they got together and created an elaborate labyrinth of anthills, spiderwebs, burrows, and tunnels to assist in the food-gathering venture. The system was in place; it looked perfect; it was time for the work to begin. But, much to the creatures' disappointment, chaos ensued. Even though all the paths and connections were in place, flies had a hard time navigating the tunnels, grasshoppers had difficulty staying in line, earthworms were just too heavy to walk across the spiderwebs, and, of course, the ants' expectations were much too high for any of the other groups to meet. What the creatures had was a network. What they needed was something or someone who could cross all mediums of the network safely. They needed a universal creature.
This short story provides a good analogy of the Internet-Web relationship. As we said earlier in this chapter, the Internet is the infrastructure for transmitting information-an infrastructure made up of computers, routers, cables, telephone lines, high-speed data circuits, and information bases called servers (rather than anthills, spiderwebs, and tunnels). Unfortunately, just as spiderwebs can't support earthworms, not all computers can support all computer file formats. To include every available method (or protocol for understanding the various document formats on all computers would be impractical. So, the Internet community devised its own universal creature, more commonly known as the World Wide Web.
Initially, Tim Berners-Lee conceived and developed the Web at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland for the high-energy physics community. (By the way, although Tim is considered to be of extremely high intellect, he is not a spider!) The Web quickly attracted a great deal of attention and spread beyond the physics arena. As with the history of the Internet, you can find reams of information about the history of the Web online or in numerous computer books.
For our purposes, you only need to know that the Internet is the hardware and the Web is the software. Simple enough. Now, we're ready to move to the next level-the files the Web software supports on the Internet hardware.
Web Pages-A Few Files on the Net
Now we come face-to-face with the heart of the matter-Web pages. Basically, when you strip away all the highfalutin technobabble, Web pages are files. To be specific, Web pages are Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) files. No need for your eyes to glaze over at the sight of "HTML"; in Part Two of this book, we'll clear up the mysteries of HTML. At this point, all you need to know is that Web pages are simply files that the Web software can support, just like document (.doc) files that Microsoft Word supports...
Meet the Author
Mary Millhollon is the owner of Bughouse Productions and has more than enough years of publishing, design, and computer experience to count, including hands-on experience in the book, magazine, newspaper, courseware, and Web publishing industries. Mary is a freelance writer, editor, Web designer, and Internet expert, working daily (and nightly) with online technologies. Mary's educational background is a blend of art, English, journalism, and computer science, which lends itself well to today's constantly morphing computer technology. Her most recent publications include a collection of computer-related books about Internet browsers, HTML (beginning and advanced), Microsoft Office applications, online communities, Web graphics, online auctions, and other Internet, network, application, and design topics.
Jeff Castrina is the owner of ExtraCheese (www.extracheese.com), a multimedia and Web design firm. Jeff has created Web sites and interactive CD-ROMs for a number of established clients. Prior to founding ExtraCheese, Jeff worked as the Multimedia Services Manager for a computer education firm in Phoenix, Arizona. Before relocating to Phoenix, Jeff held graphic design and video production positions in Rochester, New York. And before that, he jump-started his multimedia career by graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he studied film/video production and computer science.
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