Yesterday I stumbled upon a class of ten- and eleven-year olds learning to make Web pages, and it occurred to me that learning 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. [Editor's Note: An updated version of this topic can be found here: Creating a Web Page]
No discussion of home pages would be complete without mentioning GeoCities homesteading program. They offer a free personal home page and email account in one of thirty eight themed Web communities. What's the catch? No catch, they are sponsored by advertisors. Whatever your passion, you'll find like-minded neighbors in one of their neighborhoods. For example, Enchanted Forest is just for kids and Heartland is for families. To apply for your free page, simply find a vacant house in the neighborhood of your choice, and click on it to complete an application. Learn some HTML, and you are on your way to world wide fame!
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.
CometDust and her mommy take you on a chatty journey to create a Web page about a bunny. Along the way they explain basic HTML tags such as
and . They show you how to a add a picture to your page, and how to make a list. They don't get into creating hyperlinks to other sites, but they do point to other tutorials that will take you beyond the bunny stage.
Editor's note 12/9/97: This free online book now requires that you register your email address before you can "check the book out" of Ques's cyberlibrary.
For those who can't stop with just a little information, Que has placed the entire text of their Special Edition Using HTML book online. They have added hyperlinks to even more volumes of information using tiny green bullets, so small you may not notice them at first. I'm usually not a big fan of reading entire books online. But this is an excellent resource, with both a hyperlinked table of contents and a hyperlinked index. Special Edition Using HTML is the place to go if you don't understand a concept introduced elsewhere, or just want more.
"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 such as 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.)