How To Make Your Own Web Pages
These instructions are primarily intended for Linguistics faculty, students,
visitors and staff. If you're not in any of these categories, you can follow
them anyway, but don't email us about your web page, we don't need to know
Basically, you need to
Hopefully you know how to use Netscape and email by now, so you're two-thirds
These hints deal with some of the subtle points of using the Netscape editor.
Before reading them, you should probably look at the step-by-step directions
given in the link Create your home page, above.
This topic is covered on its own page, q.v.
Create your home
page. Recent versions of Netscape include an editor that
you can use to create web pages without really knowing HTML, and these
instructions should make it fairly painless.
Test your page by using Netscape to access it from a Mac or from
any machine other than babel. If you can't view your page at all, it probably
means that your files have access permissions that make them unreadable
to anyone but yourself; use the UNIX command chmod to fix them (you'll
need to ask for assistance if you don't know about chmod).
Send email to email@example.com
us where the web page is, so we can put links to it from the department's
Eventually, you'll have to bite the bullet and read up on HTML.
I still don't know of a really good nutshell introduction for
the impatient non-technical reader, but there are some that try. (Note:
This section is way out of date!! I've removed some dead links,
but no new resources have been added since, oh, the Civil War.)
WebCom's Publishing on the
Web site (especially their Introduction
to HTML). It won't quite walk you through what you need to know, but
it's a start.
The HTML Goodies Primer.
Billed as "a seven day, plain English, description of HTML". The HTML
Goodies home page also contains many extremely readable special-subject
Quick Reference. Relatively brief, and worth browsing to get some idea
of what goes where and why.
Here are some more documents that ought to be of help:
Everyone is providing links to the NCSA
Beginner's Guide to HTML, but personally I think it's guaranteed
to try your patience. Read it if you plan to go into the Web-authoring
A Beginner's Guide to URLs is a very
comprehensible, but incomplete and rather dated introduction.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
on writing HTML documents, by Thomas Boutell.
An Introduction explains how to use frames, which divide
web pages into multiple, scrollable regions. (For advanced users).
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