Why am I using a simple text
editor? Aren’t there powerful tools like
Dreamweaver, FrontPage and GoLive for
creating Web pages?
You’re reading this book because
you want to understand the true technologies
used for Web pages, right? Now those are all
great tools, but they do a lot of the work for
you, and until you are a master of HTML and
CSS you want to learn this stuff without a big
tool getting in your way.
Once you’re a master, however, these tools
do provide some nice features like syntax
checking and previews. At that point,
when you view the “code” window, you’ll
understand everything in it, and you’ll ﬁnd
that changes to the raw HTML and CSS are
often a lot faster than going through a user
interface. You’ll also ﬁnd that as standards
change, these tools aren’t always updated
right away and may not support the most
recent standards until their next release
cycle. Since you’ll know how to change the
HTML and CSS without the tool, you’ll be
able to keep up with the latest and greatest
all the time.
I get the editor, but what browser
am I supposed to be using? There are so
many – Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera,
Safari – what’s the deal?
The simple answer: use whatever
browser you like. HTML and CSS are
industry standards, which means that all
browsers try to support HTML and CSS in
the same way (just make sure you are using
the newest version of the browser for the
The complex answer: in reality there are
slight differences in the way browsers
handle your pages. If you’ve got users who
will be accessing your pages in a variety of
browsers, then always test your web page
in several different browsers. Some pages
will look exactly the same; some won’t. The
more advanced you become with HTML and
CSS, the more these slight differences may
matter to you, and we’ll get into some of
these subtleties throughout the book.
If you’re looking for a good browser, give
Mozilla’s Firefox a try; it has very good
HTML and CSS support.
I’m creating these
ﬁles on my own
computer – how am I going to view these
on the Web/Internet?
That’s one great thing about HTML:
you can create ﬁles and test them on your
own computer and then later publish them
on the Web. Right now we’re going to worry
about how to create the ﬁles and what goes
in them. We’ll come back to getting them on
the Web a bit later.
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