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Introduction - What is HTML, What it can do, what you'll need, etc. The Basics - First steps in HTML. Moving On - Further concepts. Advanced - More advanced ways to use HTML. Glossary - Explanation of terms used in this site HTML Tag and attribute reference - look up the most popular tags and their common attributes for reference
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  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 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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