Chapter 31. Creating Web Content

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Understanding HTML

  • Previewing Web content

  • Turning Office data into Web pages

  • Adding hyperlinks

The vast World Wide Web is a growing source of information—and sometimes misinformation. The amount of content available on the Web today is staggering, with more being added each day. For serious Web design, you need a specialized program, such as Dreamweaver or iWeb. However, for some simple Web content, you can turn any Microsoft Office document, spreadsheet, presentation, or calendar into a Web page that can be posted online.

In this chapter, you learn how to create simple Web pages and sites.

Turning Office Files into Web Pages

Before you start creating Web pages, you might as well know what they're made of. HTML, which stands for Hypertext Markup Language, is the language you use to create documents comprised of text and coding that instruct a Web browser, such as Safari or Firefox, how to display the data. HTML documents are easily identified by their .html or.htm file extension. Because any browser can read an HTML document, you do not need a special platform to view the information. As a scripting language, HTML coding consists of tags, which are the individual instructions to the browser. Tags are surrounded by angle brackets, < >. HTML rules, called syntax, govern the way in which code is written. The most recent version of HTML is 4.01. This version allows for separate formatting instructions called cascading style sheets (CSS) and other ...

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