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Web Presentations


The web is a wonderful place to create presentations. It is very visual, you can use graphics easily, and you have the advantages of hypertext (the ability to jump around between pages). All you need to do is learn HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language).

HTML is not hard to learn. The learning curve takes no longer than learning one of the WYSIWYG editors, like FrontPage or HotDog. Unlike the editors, however, once you have learned HTML you have real control over your presentation. (It also looks a lot better on your resume.)

To begin learning HTML, go to my page on HTML. At the very top you will find links for the beginner. Read your way through them. Print out the WebMonkey and BareBones cheat sheets and keep them beside your PC for reference. It won't be long until you know the code.

You should begin by creating web pages on your own C: drive on your own PC. You need to create a separate subdirectory. Then save your HTML files there. To look at them, just open your browser, click on File menu at the top, choose Open a PAGE, then find the file on your C: drive.

Try it! You'll like it.

Oh! Also, remember that one of the best ways to learn HTML is to look at (and steal) other people's work on the Web. When you are surfing the net, notice the pages. When you see something you like, click on the View menu at the top, then choose Page Source. A separate window will open showing the underlying HTML. Try to figure out how they did what they did.

If you can't figure it out, copy the HTML to your hard drive. Look at that copy with your browser and try changing things. Sooner or later you will figure it out.

The one exception is if the web page owner has used frames. This results in your seeing only the HTML which refers to other pages which contain the code. Too bad!

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