One of the best things about HTML is that it doesn't require expensive or special software to create. Although there are
some very good, commercial HTML design/development tools available (e.g. Macromedia Dreamweaver,
Adobe GoLive and Allaire Homesite),
HTML can be written on pretty much any text editor. If you are using Windows 95/98, you already have enough to get started,
as you can use Notepad, which ships with this operating system. To locate and run Notepad, click Start, then point the
mouse to Programs, then Accessories, then Notepad.
Even Word will allow you to save/export your files as HTML files, although this isn't recommended, especially if you want to learn the language yourself. If you're interested in finding freeware or shareware HTML software, you can find plenty by looking at what's on offer at www.download.com. Try typing 'HTML' in the search box for some relevant results.
In order to view the page/s you create, you will need a web browser. Windows comes bundled with Internet Explorer. Explorer is currently the most popular browser; the two most popular alternatives are Netscape Navigator and Opera.
In this course I'll assume you're using Notepad to make your pages - if you want to use any other software then feel free. Any text editor that will allow you to save files with a .html extension is fine.
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