Gutenberg Exchange Lesson Ten: Creating a Basic HTML
There is an alternative version of lesson 10 which does not emphasize
HTML coding. We recommend that you switch
to the NO-HTML version unless you are in an advanced class.
Computer Literacy Objectives: In this lesson you will learn
how to create a basic HTML document.
Writing Objectives: You will learn how to identify and use
In this lesson, you will read about the structure of absolutes, and then
you will scan a list of sentences, copying and pasting sample
sentences that contain absolutes into Notepad, imitating each sentence
with your own words. Then you will
turn the collection of sentences into an HTML document and load it as a
file into Netscape.
- Review Lesson Nine.
- Find your copy of the notes you took in the last lesson on
- Go to an introduction to absolutes,
and study it carefully.
- Leave Netscape running, but open Notepad or some other basic
word processor; then return to this page.
- Go to
a list of complex sentences.
- Scan the sentences looking for absolutes. (There are three sentences
that contain absolutes.)
- As you find them, copy and paste them into the Notepad document and
imitate each with your own words.
- Go to sample relative clauses and access its
source code. Use that document as a model for coding your sample absolute
sentences. Imitate that code as closely as possible using your own material.
If you need to, look at
An HTML Reference
- When you think you have it done, save it by using the "save as" option
under the file prompt. When you save an html document, you need to put
an .htm tag on the end of it.
- Test your document by returning to Netscape, knocking down the source
code of "sample relative clauses," and clicking on "File" and then
on "open file." At the loading prompt, specify your disk drive and file
name, and then tell the computer to open the file. Your document should
appear in Netscape as a web document. If it doesn't look right, toggle back to your Notebook
document and look for possible errors.
- Whenever you change something in the Notepad, you must save it before
you can reload it. After changing the Notepad document, save it, and toggle
back to Netscape. To see how your changes look in the web document,
click on the "reload" button in the middle of the top of
the Netscape tool bar.
- Keep adjusting the document until it comes up as you want it to appear,
and then call your teacher over to inspect your finished web page. (If
you are doing this lesson from home, you can copy and paste the file
from Notepad into an E-mail document and send it to your teacher. Your
teacher should then be able to copy and paste it back into notepad and
open it as an HTML document in Netscape.)
- Once your teacher has checked your work and said it is satisfactory,
you should close all programs and shut down your computer. If you don't
have time to finish the page today, show the teacher what you have, and
finish it for next time.
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