Beginner's Page 2

Hello, and thank you for visiting my second Beginner's page. I have continued using the tutorials in Issue No.6 of "Web Pages made easy". This exercise begins on page 24.







Start a new page

To begin this page, I started as usual by selecting New from the File menu, and then the Web Pages tab. Instead of the Web Page Wizard, I chose the Blank Web Page icon to begin with an empty page.

Make a title and justify it

At the flashing text cursor at the top of the page I typed in the title, and then selected the text and clicked on the list of styles on the Formatting toolbar. I chose the style Heading 1, and then centred it by clicking on the appropriate button, also found on the Formatting toolbar. To make it stand out a little more, I clicked on the Increase Font Size button twice.

Write an introduction

Pressing return at the end of the title automatically changes the text style back to Normal. After writing the introductory paragraph, I decided to change the font to Comic Sans MS.

Add a Contents List

There are numbered and bulleted lists available. Each style has its particular uses and a numbered Contents list is useful for charts and chapters. Here I've decided to use a bulleted list as the headings in the body text are not numbered, which seems typical of web pages I've looked at.

To begin the list, I pressed the Bullets button on the Formatting toolbar. The list items are the tutorial headings given on pages 24 and 25 of the magazine. Each item in the magazine is accompanied by a reduced view of the screen but this is beyond the scope of this tutorial and gives us something to look forward to!

Insert a rule

To make the page neater (or less cluttered), I've encapsulated the body text between two horizontal rules. This was done by first positioning the cursor before the first letter of the introductory paragraph and selecting Horizontal Line from the Insert menu.

Choose a line style

There are many style to choose from, but one consistent with the design of the page is the best. From the Horizontal Line dialogue box I chose the top style and clicked OK.

Edit a line

To align or re-size a plain line, I can right-click on it, choose edit points from the pop-up menu, and move the start and end points. Other attributes may be edited by double-clicking the line and and altering the Format Autoshape dialogue box.

Finish off the page

For a finishing touch, I have added a line or two of text underneath the bottom rule using the Address style.

Test the page

I saved the page as Beginner's Page 2 to distinguish it from the earlier tutorial. Any images, such as fancy horizontal lines, are saved separately in the same folder alongside this HTML document.

By clicking the Web Page Preview button on the Standard toolbar, or selecting the option from the File menu, this page can be viewed using the browser.

This page was last modified on February 17, 2000.
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