Stunk's HTML Guide

There are a lot of web-page design programs available. Even your word processor will create web pages. So why, you might ask, would you need to learn HTML? The answer is really simple: to do what you want with your web-site. There are two trademark properties of a generated web-page. The first one is that the source is ugly. There's usually so much extra junk in there that you can't even find the important stuff. The second sign of a generated web page is that it looks like it was generated. There may be all kinds of fancy graphics to distract you from it, but most websites have dozens of pages that look just like every other page. Getting your page to look like you want, instead of the way they want requires using your method instead of theirs.

There is one more reason why you may want to learn HTML. Unlike all the tools to help you create your page, HTML is free, and it's always changing. You don't have to buy anything to write HTML, and you don't have to spend money to implement the new features.

That said, there's a lot of benefit to using an HTML editor, and using an HTML tool can save you lots of time, if it's the right tool for you. I'm not some fool who thinks we should do it all the hard way. But if you know how it works, it's a whole lot easier to use a tool.

So What do I know?

More specifically, why should you, the reader, consider me, the author, as any sort of authority on HTML and Web design?

Well, that's a matter of history. If you want to know the whole history, you can read it at . Basically, the Web originated in 1991 as a concept. In 1993, it began to become a reality. One of the driving forces behind the Web was the United States government. In 1993, they started the Sunrise project to develop WWW technology and applications. I started working on the Sunrise project in january 1994. My work was focused on finding out what was possible with the new Multi-media interface, and was among the first people to include video and imagemaps into a web-page. The first version of HTML I learned was HTML 1.0. While I left the Sunrise Project later that year, I continued to be involved in Web development.

HTML and the Web have grown considerably since then. HTML 4.0, with XHTML, CSS, and all the other additions makes it possible to do amazing things. Now, I'm a Webmaster and Technical Writer for a large web-hosting company. I'm still writing HTML on a daily basis. And just like I did back in 1994, I'm still doing it without fancy tools. I've got the tools, of course. I've tried all the major ones, but I still haven't found one that lets me write good, clean HTML that looks like I want it to.

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