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Welcome to basic HTML

What is HTML?
HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language.

Why should I use HTML for my auction and "ME pages?
With HTML you will have complete control over the look of your pages.

My assumptions:
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 huh?.

Introduction:
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.

HTML editors:
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.

Getting started:
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?

Next lesson:

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Tozo
5-04-2003


 
 

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