In This Chapter
Creating a basic Web page
Understanding the most critical HTML tags
Setting up your system to work with HTML
Viewing your pages
This chapter is your introduction to building Web pages. Before this slim chapter is finished, you'll have your first page up and running. Creating a basic page isn't difficult, but building pages that can grow and expand while you discover more sophisticated techniques takes a little foresight. Most of this book uses the XHTML standard. In this first chapter, I show part of an older standard called HTML. HTML is a little bit easier to start with, and everything I show in this chapter translates perfectly to the XHTML you use throughout the book.
In this minibook, you discover the modern form of Web design using XHTML. Your Web pages will be designed from the ground up, which makes them easy to modify and customize. While you figure out more advanced techniques throughout this book, you'll take the humble pages you discover in this chapter and make them do all kinds of exciting things.
Here's the great news: The most important Web technology you need is also the easiest. You don't need any expensive or complicated software, and you don't need a powerful computer. You probably have everything you need to get started already.
No more talking! Fire up a computer and let's build a Web page!
Open a text editor.
You can use any text editor you want, as long as it lets you save files as plain text. If ...