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Some Knowledge of HTML        HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the code that Web pages are written in.  You will learn to write HTML in this class and will be amazed how easy it can be. 
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.   "Why?" you ask.  Word processors, such as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, can be used to write HTML or even convert regular pages to HTML, but they aren't always the best choice.   Here's another explanation.
An ISP        An ISP (Internet Service Provider) is your connection to the Internet.  You can't get on the Net without one.  For those of you who DO NOT have a dial-in account, you may want to check out or  These are free Internet Services.  You will need to be logged on before you can download their software.  Sort of a Catch-22.

       Another possibility: Teachers can have reduced price access with some providers, like Academic Planet ($6.99 per month).

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).  In this lab we will be using a very popular (highly recommended) Windows FTP program called WS-FTP. 
Get ready to work hard and have fun.   You're about to create some Web pages. 
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This page was last edited on June 16, 2001


These pages were developed through GirlTECH, a teacher-training program sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education (CEEE) with support  from the National Science Foundation through EOT-PACI.
Copyright ©  Michael Sirois, GirlTECH, June 2001.

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