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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?
World Wide Web is a unique tool which allows you to acess not
only text but also
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:
- ... identify and use different HTML formatting
- ... create and modify HTML documents using a simple
text editor program such
as TeachText for the Macintosh or NotePad for Windows.
- ... write a simple lesson that presents information,
graphics, and provides hypertext links to other documents on the
In this tutorial, you wil be creating a World Wide Web page that is
a lesson on Volcanoes.
What is 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.
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
World-Wide Web: A Guide to Cyberspace, the
WWW Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), or any of the many
items available from our
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
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
Center for Learning & Instruction (MCLI)
Maricopa County Community College District, Arizona
The Internet Connection at MCLI is Alan Levine
Comments to email@example.com