The HTML Tutorials
The Basics - Introduction
Just the other day, I was discussing with a friend via e-mail
regarding the purpose of this site. All went well; he was very
supportive. However, when the subject of HTML came up, he was
taken aback. "You are going to teach both HTML and Dreamweaver?"
His reasoning: if Dreamweaver does all of the HTML work for you,
why would one even need to know HTML to begin with?
To his credit, he has a point. The purpose of a good web page
editor is to give you all the tools you need to build a great
web site without having all of that pesky knowledge to back it
up if anything goes wrong. So, like tourists in France with our
French-English dictionaries in hand, we step out into the Internet
with something to say, but little idea of how we are going to
...Everyone who has ever opened up the Frontpage function bundled
in their Office 2000 software considers themself to be a "Webmaster."
Open a template, enter text, a picture or two and post! There
you are! A bona fide Web Guru right there at Webmaster@boringpage.com!
Yes, it's true. Web building is easier than ever before. Hosting
sites can now promise to help you "build a page in minutes"
with whatever drag and drop program they use. Sites like Homestead
will not even allow you to code your own pages anymore. Limited
flexibility may increase the speed of productivity, but significantly
takes away from the site's personality and creativity. Just like
wearing the same suit as everyone else to a party, cookie-cutter
sites are making the term "web presence" a misnomer.
...It's not that I have anything against these web sites or the
people who use them. And I definitely do not have a problem with
people using editors, either. (I use Dreamweaver for my site.)
However, one has to agree that when it comes to the web, there
are a lot of "patent leather" sites out there, and for
each of these sites, there are two more just like it.
Then, what is the secret to creating a web site that is above
and beyond the average Joe's site? The answer, my friend, is knowledge.
Knowledge and the ability to use it wisely. That is the purpose
of this site and what these tutorials are all about. Parlez-vous