Having trained people for more than 30 years, I make no
assumptions of any prior knowledge. 7 years ago I knew nothing
about HTML, I do remember how confusing it was. Ok, of the 6
billion people on earth, how many do you think know HTML? I'll
guess maybe .0001%. So, if you learn just the basics,
you will be among the .0001% that do understand HTML, pretty cool
The HTML document that we use for eBay is a cut down version of
an actual web page. In a web page all HTML documents start and
end with <HTML> </HTML> <HEAD> </HEAD> < BODY></BODY> tags.
Since you are inserting your auction description or ME page into an
existing HTML document, you cannot use them. I know, people
say they use them without a problem, but it's best to get in the
habit of not using these tags.
Since Notepad comes with your PC and it's free why not
use it to start, or use our online editor. HTML is nothing more than a text file
saved with an html or htm file extension.
As you become more proficient writing your own HTML you may want to
consider an HTML editor. Editors are much faster, especially
if you build many auctions or HTML pages. One thing to keep in
mind when using an editor, some editors will insert or try to
correct your code, but, if you know the correct way to code you can
edit out the unwanted additions.
Where is Notepad located on my PC?
Go to, Start>Programs>Accessories>Notepad (you could
also use WordPad)
Open Notepad, select, File>New, this will open a blank page, start
typing your code. When you're finished entering your code, go
to, file>Save as>(by default it will put the .txt extension in the
save window, backspace and enter .html or .htm, then save. Now
you have your first HTML document.
Viewing your HTML page:
So you have created your first document, how do you view it?
Open your browser, go to, File>Open>browse to your document
location, find your HTML document, press Open. Your document
will be displayed. Pretty cool huh?