What You Need
You don’t need any tools to learn HTML.
- You don’t need an HTML editor
- You don’t need a web server
- You don’t need a web site
HTML can be written and edited using many different editors like Frontpage and Page Breeze. These are known as WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors.
However, in this tutorial we will use a plain text editor (like Notepad) to edit HTML. Using a plain text editor is the best way to learn HTML. If you want to use a WYSIWYG editor after you’ve mastered HTML, I’ll show you some free ones. For now we’ll stick with Notepad.
Create Your Own Test Web
If you just want to learn HTML, skip the rest of this tutorial.
If you want to create a test page on your own computer, just save the 3 files below to your desktop.
(Right click on each link, and select “save target as” or “save link as”)
After you have saved the files, you can double-click on the file called “mainpage.htm” and see your first web page in action.
Use Your Test Web For Learning
I suggest you experiment with everything you learn by editing your web files with a text editor (like Notepad).
Note: If your test web contains HTML markup tags you have not learned, don’t panic. You will learn all about it in the next tutorials.
.HTM or .HTML File Extension?
When you save an HTML file, you can use either the .htm or the .html file extension. There is no difference, it is entirely up to you.