Short ContentsFor Beginners...
IntroductionOther HTML sites
Putting pages online
Tips For beginners
Download this Guide
The <HEAD> section
...Setting the Base address
...Queries : ISINDEX
The <BODY> tag
...Stop Line Breaks
...Use Bigger/Smaller fonts
...Naming and Targeting
Embedding special files
...Changing the status bar
...Opening a new window
...changing page being viewed
Welcome to the HTML 3.2 GUIDE!October 2001
(C)opyright 1998-2001, By Geoff Knagge
You are free to copy, mirror or otherwise publish this guide on the condition that you provide credit to me by name, and with a link to, or the address of, this site.
This is intended as a guide only. Although I have worked closely with the specification while I made this guide, it should not be considered as official documentation of the HTML 3.2 specification. I cannot, and do not, guarantee that this guide is free from errors.
What this guide coversBasically, this guide is written for HTML Version 3.2 and later versions. Although we are now up to version 5 or higher of both Netscape and IE, some people use earlier versions because of their computer's limitations or speed reasons. Therefore it is advisable to keep this in mind, to ensure most people can view your pages. By no means am I saying don't use the new features, just make sure that your pages look decent enough without them!
Other HTML sites
Publishing pages onlineTo put web pages on the net, first you need an account with someone who will host your site. Often this might by your ISP, or maybe a public free hosting service such as Geocities, Tripod, or any of the many others that are around.
The usual, and fastest, way to publish your pages is to use ftp. You need an FTP program, such as the one that comes with Windows, or the free WS-FTP (see my software section). Usually you will connect to a server with a name of the form ftp.domainname.com with your member name and password, where domainname is replaced by xoom, geocities, tripod, or whatever applies to your case. For more help, see my FTP tutorial
A slower way is to go through the web interfaces that are often provided and use the tools provided to edit, copy, rename, and create files for your site. Some of these even allow you to build sites without writing any HTML!
This guide is intended for those who are ready to move onto writing their own HTML code.
Tips For BeginnersIf you're a total beginner to HTML, see the For Beginners... page of this guide. Here's some additional hints...
Download This GuideOnce I have finished tweaking it, this HTML guide will be available for download in a ZIP file to allow you to access it off-line. This is probably your best option, so you can write your pages off-line while being able to refer to this guide.