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Some Knowledge of HTML HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the code that Webpages are written in.  You will learn to write HTML in this class. 
A Web Browser  A Web browser will allow you to test and display your pages.  Two of the most popular are Netscape Communicator and Microsoft Internet Explorer.  We'll be using Netscape Communicator in here. 
An HTML editor, text editor, or word processor  The basic built-in text editor for Macintosh is called SimpleText, the text editor for Windows is called NotePad.  There are also a number of HTML editors on the market (Microsoft FrontPage, Claris HomePage, Hot Dog Pro), but we won't be using them very much in here.   We'll explain.  Word processors, such as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, can be used to write HTML, but they aren't always the best choice. We'll discuss why.
An ISP An ISP (Internet Service Provider) is your connection to the Internet.  You can't get on the Net without one.  Your ISP during this class will be Rice University. 
For those of you that DO NOT have a dial-in account, you may want to check out  This is a free Internet Service.  You will need to be logged on before you can download this software.
An FTP Program  To copy your files to an Internet server (a special computer), you will need to use a software program that will copy your files using FTP (File Transfer Protocol).  For the Macs in this lab we will be using a program called Fetch.  A very popular (highly recommended) Windows FTP program is WS-FTP. 
Get ready to work hard and have fun.   You're about to create some Webpages. 

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