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/ August, 1995 / version 1.5 / version history /

About the Tutorial

This tutorial was created to show teachers how to create World Wide Web pages that access information on the Internet for teaching and learning. However, it could be used by anyone who would like to design web pages for any purpose. The lessons cover the basic elements to create web pages that could be opened and displayed from any computer.

Why Create World Wide Web Documents?

The World Wide Web is a unique tool which allows you to acess not only text but also picture, sound, or video information from all over the Internet world. By creating your own World Wide Web pages, you can take advantage of this wealth of resources. For example, you can create a "hyper-lesson" for students that connects them to different museums and libraries in other countries. Or you can design research projects on World Wide Web for students to explore and discover information themselves. All in all, creating World Wide Web pages is an exciting way to bring the Internet into your classroom and to extend your classroom to the world.

For more examples of how the web is used as an instructional tool, see our Teaching and Learning on the WWW.


This tutorial covers the steps for writing HTML files and provides illustrative examples for creating web pages. In these lessons you will:

In this tutorial, you wil be creating a World Wide Web page that is a lesson on Volcanoes.

What is HTML?

HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, is the format that tells a WWW browser how to displays its multimedia documents. The documents themselves are plain text files (ASCII) with special "tags" or codes that a web browser knows how to interpret and display on your screen. With just a simple text editor, you can create your own World Wide Web-based pages or information centers that connect to the Internet. See the MCLI WWW InfoPage for related HTML resources and guides.

Before You Start....

This tuturial assumes you have a basic knowledge of how to use World Wide Web menus, buttons, and hypertext links. Since you are reading this page, we can also assume that you are at a computer capable of running a World Wide Web browser program. For a well-written, concise overview of the World Wide Web, see Entering the World-Wide Web: A Guide to Cyberspace, the WWW Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), or any of the many items available from our WWW InfoPage

You should have access to a word processor or text editor program capable of creating plain text files. Examples are the ones that come standard with system software, i.e. TeachText for the Macintosh or NotePad for Windows. (if you use a word processor such as Microsoft Word or Word Perfect that you must save your files as plain ASCII text format). You should also be familiar with switching between open applications as well as using the mouse to copy and paste selections of text.

How the Tutorial Works

Upon entering the tutorial, you will first see an index of all the lessons. We suggest that you proceed through in the listed order, but within the tutorial at any time you can return to the index to jump to a different section. At times you may want to print a page-- It's easy on the World Wide Web! Just select Print from the File menu.

As a convention, all menu names and items will be shown in bold text. All text that you should enter from the keyboard will appear in typewriter style.

Within each lesson, you can click on a link that shows an example HTML file for that section.

Who did this?

Writing HTML was developed by Alan Levine, instructional technologist at the Maricopa Community Colleges. Tom Super provided instructional design support. Many others have given helpful suggestions, corrected typos, and expressed their thanks!

Time to Get Started!

Now, if you are ready, return to the index of lessons

Writing HTML
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Maricopa County Community College District, Arizona

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