Building your own web page: Other tricks

December 24, 1999

You can make a word or section bold by putting tags Make this bold around it. Use for italics the same way. Remember the to tell the browser to stop making words in italics.

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To color the background, change the first tag to . Save your text document and, back in your browser, reload the page - press the reload button on top. Now what color is the background? Other colors include white (#ffffff), red (#ff0000) and green (#00ff00) and blue (#0000ff). Do you see a pattern? The first two digits stand for red, the second two for green and the last two for blue. Mix them up and try new colors.

HTML tags don't have to be in all caps. For example, will work just as or works. Many Web designers use all caps to easily distinguish HTML tags from page text.

Pressing return for a new line seems to work well in the text document, but a browser won't know to make a new line. You have to tell it - use
to go to the next line and

to skip a line and go to the following line.


Spaces in text make no difference. Browsers can recognize one space, but no more.

HTML is constantly evolving. The world is on version 4 right now. Earlier browsers, Netscape Navigator 2.0, for example, don't understand as many HTML tags as the most updated ones do. On the other hand, as HTML changes, a tag might get kicked out - while Netscape 2.0 may recognize it, Netscape 4.0 might not.

Because browsers read HTML differently and computers display colors differently - and monitors are different sizes - the same Web page easily can look different.

Many books are available, online - check out - and in print, about HTML and Web designing. Your library probably has a few, and you probably can pick up a slightly out-of-date version of HTML for less than $10 at a local bookstore.

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