Chapter 12. Creating Graphics Right (and Left)

In This Chapter

  • Using graphics

  • Making the most of graphics using HTML

  • Creating advanced graphics

  • Adjusting graphics size

  • Flowing text around graphics

  • Putting a border around a graphic

  • Placing a graphic in SeaMonkey Composer

  • Placing a graphic in HTML

Having graphics as part of the Web seems like an obvious winner now — after all, magazines and newspapers wouldn't work well if you took away photographs, drawings, and all the little graphical page design elements that give each publication its own “look.” In fact, including graphics in your Web pages is such a winning strategy that one of the authors of this book (Bud Smith) has coauthored, with Peter Frazier, a companion volume to this one, Creating Web Graphics For Dummies (Wiley). You can refer to that book if you need more graphics‐related details than you find here.

In the 1980s and ’90s, before the Web, the Internet was almost entirely a text‐only world. E‐mail, Usenet newsgroups, and online service forums were all text‐only environments, running mostly on text‐only computer systems like UNIX and DOS.

Graphics made the Web take off — and they are also the most difficult aspect of getting your Web pages right. You can use graphics to convey a thematic “look and feel,” to accent certain portions of a Web page, or even to convey the main content of a Web site. Some use of graphics is necessary for just about any site.

In this chapter, we look at the nitty‐gritty of using graphics and explain how ...

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