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Web Publishing

Web Publishing FAQ

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return to topWhere can I learn the basics of web publishing?

Dreamweaver and FrontPage documentation is available online to explain the process of web publishing. The University offers workshops designed to teach the basics of web publishing. The Internet includes numerous resources for learning web publishing and for use in page creation; use the search indexes to locate information on web publishing and HTML code.

return to topWhat is HTML?

HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It is the programming language used to create web documents. It is understood by all Internet browsers and contains the code which allows links between pages (called hypertext links).

return to topWhy do some links show up underlined and others not?

Whether hypertext links appear underlined can determined by two things: As a user, you may elect that your browser not show links as underlined. As a web page designer, you may set a style for links that does not include their being underlined. In any case, underlining or the lack of it does not interfere with your ability to use the link to go to a different site.

return to topHow should I name my HTML files?

Short, meaningful file names are best. Use the eight-character plus "htm" extension convention to name your files. It is best to use all lowercase letters for your file name. For more information on naming and organizing files, refer to Naming Files and Understanding URLs.

return to topHow much control do I have over the look of my page?

The creator of a page can control several elements of a page, such as the background pattern or color, link color, placement of text and graphics, format of text (e.g., bold, italic), and proportional size of text on the page to some extent. Each browser and each monitor with which your page is viewed will affect the appearance of the page. In addition, each user controls the font and size preferences in his/her browser. The best advice is to check your page on various monitors using various browsers. For more information on how to create good web pages, refer to Developing a Site - Five Key Steps.

return to topWhat kind of images can I use on my page?

Web browsers support two standard image formats: GIF (CompuServe Graphic Interchange Format) and JPEG (Joint Photographic Expert Group). Since most web browsers can display GIF images without a special program, GIF images are the most frequently used in web documents. GIF images are appropriate for line and computer drawings, but JPEG images provide better resolution for photos, half-tones, and images with several color changes.

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