Issued as our first e-book, Learn Basic HTML and Web Page Construction was the first in the DianeV Web Design Help E-book Tutorials series. We're now publishing it here for free. I sincerely hope you find this information helpful, easy to use and beyond what you had expected.
Coming to grips with HTML can be difficult; I had the same problem when I started in 1997. Unfortunately, we've all got to do it; even if you use a WYSIWYG tool such as Dreamweaver to write your code for you, such programs can only do what they've been designed to do. And so, the day(s) will arrive when you can't fix some bit of code — and if you don't understand how it works, you won't be able to fix it easily.
In writing this Learn Basic HTML tutorial, we've had to decide what to include and what is better left out so as to give a workable grounding in HTML rather than a 100-page "book" and too much material. This tutorial should enable you to understand HTML enough to create your own websites from scratch.
Lastly, note that I wrote and published Learn Basic HTML and Web Page Construction in 2003 as an ebook covering website coding and table-based layouts. While many designers have gone to table-less layouts (as have I), most of the information is still pertinent today — and if you're designing or writing HTML email newsletters, tables are still very much the way to go. I believe this tutorial makes understanding how HTML works easy.
What you'll need
This Tutorial will teach you to create web pages in HTML. While there is more to HTML, these basics will give you a good grounding — and you may find that you rarely need more. We'll also give you links to more information.
You'll need the following tools for the purposes of this Tutorial:
If you're going to create a website, you'll also need these:
Our short list of website-building programs can be found in our Newsletter: Web Designer Tools.
And so, without further ado, let's get started. » What is HTML?
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