Applied Computer Science Department

Illinois State University
 

HTML Tutorial


This is a tutorial for producing documents in HTML, the HyperText Markup Language used on the World Wide Web. This guide provides an introduction to using HTML and creating pages for the Web. Links are provided to additional information. If you are a beginner, you should go through the tutorials in the same order as they appear below. Also, you should check your local bookstore; there are many good books available about the Web and HTML.

What Isn't Covered in This Tutorial

This tutorial assumes that you:

  • know how to use a text editor
  • know how to use Netscape Navigator or some other Web browser (Good assumption since your are reading this)
  • have a general understanding of how Web servers and client browsers work
  • have access to a Web server (not needed if you only want to produce HTML documents for personal use in local-viewing mode)

Table of Contents

    HTML Basics
      What is HTML?
      A Note on HTML Extensions
      What Does HTML Look Like?
      What are HTML Tags?
      Viewing HTML Code in a Web Document
      Creating a Simple HTML Document
      File Naming Convensions
      Viewing Your HTML Document in a Web Browser
      Text and HTML Editors

    HTML Tags
      HTML
      HEAD
      TITLE
      BODY
        Background Color
        Background Graphics
      Headings
      Paragraphs
      Line Break
      Horizontal Rule
      Lists
        Unnumbered
        Numbered
        Definition
        Compact
        Nested
      Preformatted Text
      Extended Quotations
      Addresses
      Mailto:
      Linking
        Relative Pathnames
        Absolute Pathnames
        To Specific Sections
          In Another Document
          In Same Document
      Formatting Tags--BOLD, ITALICS, and CENTER
      Images
        Using an Image as a Link
        Speeding Up Image Processing
        Aligning Images with Text
        Alternate Text for Images
        Images without Text
        External Images
        Sounds and Animations
        Clickable Image Maps
      Tables
      Forms
      Comments in HTML Documents
      Fonts
      Base Fonts
      Escape Sequences: Special Characters
      Troubleshooting

    Beyond the Basics
      Automatic Date Last Updated Message
      Automatic Tranfer to Another Document
      Netscape Frames
      Animated Gifs
      Transparent Gifs
      Java Script and Applets
      Common Gateway Interface (CGI)


From here, I suggest you go to the next lesson to learn some HTML fundamentals. You can do this by clicking on Next Page.

 


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Last updated on Friday, April 23, 1999