Introduction

The World Wide Web is the Gutenberg press of our time. Just about anyone can create their own Web site and then present it to the Internet public. Some Web pages belong to businesses with services to sell, others to individuals with information to share. You get to decide what your page will be like.

All Web pages are written with some form of HTML. HTML lets you format text, add graphics, sound, and video, and save it all in a Text Only or ASCII file that any computer can read. (Of course, to project video or play sounds, the computer must have the necessary hardware.) The key to HTML is in the tags, keywords enclosed in less than (<) and greater than (>) signs, that indicate what kind of content is coming up.

While there are many ...

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