When you're sitting in your room, tired of studying and wondering what else you could be doing, that's the perfect time to work on your homepage. Now, I've already told you how to create your homepage and put simple text in, so now it's time for the next big step -- tags.
Tags are pretty simple, really. They just provide a way to describe the text in the document. For instance, if you want some text in italics, just put <I> tags around it (<I>This text will appear in italics.</I>). Notice the ending tag has a `/' in it. You can do a similar thing for bold text using the <B> tag. There are many tags to experiment with, and the best thing to do is just that and see how different tags affect the text (it's also very useful to look at the HTML for other pages, using View Source, to get an idea of what other people do).
One of the really interesting tags is the <A> tag. It allows you to create links to other files. Let's say that you have your main page (index.html) and you want to make a link from that to another page that you've created (otherpage.html) in the same directory. Just add the line <A HREF="otherpage.html"> Selecting this link will take me to the other page.</A> into your index.html file at an appropriate place. Now, when you load up index.html in a web browser, you should see `Selecting this link will take me to the other page.' as a link, and selecting it will in fact take you to otherpage.html.
You can also create links to other sites (for example, http://www.101.com/). To do this, put the full address in the HREF section of the <A> tag. In this case, <A HREF="http://www.101.com/"> This link will take you to the 101 Dalmatians site.</A>. There are also all kinds of neat things that you can do with images, but I don't have the time or space to tell you about that here.
Anyway, here's my suggestion of a site to visit this week:
This is the personal homepage of a guy whose claim to fame is that he was once a Final Jeopardy answer (find out how on his page). He seems to have a very large ego (he's got his own fan club), but also a nicely laid out page with includes information about his 1978 Chevy Nova. Have fun!
Warren ``The Milkman'' Hagey
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