October 10, 2001
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Creating a Web Page
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Last summer, I stumbled upon a class of ten- and eleven-year olds making Web pages, and it occurred to me that knowing HTML (the language of the Web) is the hallmark accomplishment of computer literacy today. A Web page written in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) can be created with any text editor or word processor, if you know the HTML codes. Here are my recommendations to get you started.
HTML: An Interactive Tutorial
Through the use of text input forms, this very clever interactive tutorial allows you to test your new found HTML skills within your browser, without having to create files in a separate text editor. To take advantage of this interactivity you will need at least version 2.0 of either Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer. This complete tutorial will take you from ground zero (what is HTML?) to uploading your page to the Net. Advanced topics such as adding sound and using frames are covered in a separate section.
HTML Goodies: The Basics
Joe Hunt, a college professor from Southeastern Louisiana University, gives us seven tutorials for seven days. When you complete The Basics, you’re awarded a diploma, and can progress to primers on image maps, buttons, forms, or any of the dozens of HTML Goodies topics. The only thing that strikes me odd is that Professor Hunt call HTML tags (you know those commands that start with “”) flags. If you can live with this, HTML Goodies truly has something for everyone.
Learning HTML for Kids
This straightforward ad-less guide to HTML covers all the basics in twelve chapters and two concept reviews. Many HTML students, after learning the tags for text, graphics and links, get stuck when they get to tables. Learning HTML for Kids dedicates two chapters to HTML tables, and they are excellent. Before tackling the subject though, get a clear picture in your head of horizontal rows and vertical columns. Remember: a row is wide (from left to right) and a column is tall (from top to bottom.)
Lissa Explains it all: HTML Help for Kids
Web Monkey for Kids
“Ready to make your own Web site and send your weird ideas out into the world? Then you’re in the right place.” These fab lessons take you from basics to fun with gizmos like guestbooks, counters and animated graphics. After the lessons, you can tackle projects such as a slide show or a birthday invitation. Teachers will appreciate the lesson plans and everyone will find something of value in Tools (a guide to free downloadable utilities.) Web Monkey for Kids is my pick of the day!
Copyright © 2001 Barbara J. Feldman
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