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    Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
    – Anais Nin

    I presume someone would ask me: “what is the connection of a friendship quote with website building? ” There is! I have lots of friends using different browsers with different versions and they could tell me if something is wrong with my site and vice versa.  Through my site, I have been receiving the gift of new friendships. Those who would give words of encouragements about my site and then criticize me later on when this “feeling of confidence” starts to brew. smiley The more friends you have, the better chances of checking out your site and improving it…so take advantage of them.

    If you still remember, I have recommended to test your newly created site with different browsers and platforms. Oftentimes factors like haste or our lack of time to check it would result to a disastrous site beyond our sight! Ask yourself these questions:

    • Do Your Pages Look The Same on All Browsers? I don’t think so. The same page seen on each different browser can have a different look.
    • Are You Losing Visitors Because Of Broken Pages? Visitors blame the Web site, not the browser

    First of all, “What is a browser“?

    Your Web browser is a translation device. It’s somewhat like Babelfish, Google’s language tools, etc.

    Now when you write your document in HTML, CSS and now there is XHTML, the browser translates it so you can view it as a web page.

    The problem is: there are a lot of browsers around! It is like giving 4 human translators (Netscape, Internet explore, Firefox and Opera) a sentence written in Italian and asking them to translate into english. All four will give the same meaning BUT may NOT use the same words, get it??

    Therefore, browser display problems can ruin your web pages. Possible causes are:

    • Multiple Browsers– Internet Explorer, Opera, FireFox and Netscape.
    • Different Browser Versions
    • Different Computer Platforms – Windows, Mac, and now Linux.

    And to add:

    • Screen Size – From 800 x 600 pixels to 1024 x 768.
    • HTML Errors – Mistakes that break your page.
    • Browser Bugs – Little known errors cause big problems

    How are you going to test your Website?

    What should testing include? 

    •  HTML validation– this will help you identify HTML coding errors, when it doesn’t follow the correct HTML standard. It is a grammar-checker that understands the rules of HTML. The more valid your HTML coding is, the more people will be able to view it correctly in any browser.

    There are free online validation services to use:

    The W3C HTML Validation Service

    HTML Tidy

    • Bad links – check your website for broken or bad links

    WWW Link checker

    • Download time – keep your download time for your home page size under 20 seconds, more than that, you will lose half of your visitors.

    To check your download time using modem speeds of 14.4k, 28.8k, 56k, ISDN 128K and T1 Link 1.44 Mbps, try –

     Website optimization

    • Browser compatibility–  As I’ve said, ask your net friends what kind of browsers and versions are they using so they could check your site. If you don’t have any net friends, ask your relatives, and colleagues, neighbors to test your site. Ask them to provide you their recommendations on improving your Website, there is nothing wrong with a pinch of humility.

    Let’s test our website.  It’s important if you want those search engines to find your site, if you want to have visitors who will click your ads hence monetizing your website.

    It is important for me to test it because some of my visitors will eventually be my friends and I want my site to bring out “a new world ” in me!

     

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    When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web…. Now even my cat has its own page.

    Bill Clinton, announcement of Next Generation Internet initiative, 1996
    42nd president of the United States (1946 – )

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    “Evolution of the C programmer:

    • 0 months to 1 month: complete beginner
    • 1 month to 1 year: incomplete beginner
    • 1 year to 2 years: acolyte
    • 2 years to 3 years: adept
    • 3 years to 8 years: expert
    • at 8 years: discovers
    • 8 years+: buggrit, back to beginner again !”

    -Richard Heathfield

    Even his cat has its own page, says Bill Clinton. Who doesn’t?? My neighbor has a website about her favorite pet: a Madagascar hissing cockroach! My  friend’s site is about his Tarantullas. So what’s new? Everyone is going gaga about putting a web page on anything under and above the sun.

    Now, we are not going to do a geek’s language, even that simple C program, ok?

    We’ve already checked our basic skills and tools (Part I); we’ve  talked about planning and designing (Part II); and now we are going to B U I L D!

    You’ve read  it right! Nothing is wrong with your eyes, I guess, it’s my head acting weird again.  It’s coaxing me to write something about HTML.  Huh? my right ear raising its lobes while pinching my right cheek refusing to understand what my head is telling me.

    Ok, I’ll do it but I’m not going to pretend I am an expert on this area, I am a newbie remember? Like every programmer, you should not stop learning.

    Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.  ~Aldous Huxley

    To be familiar with HTML is like knowing how to change your own oil or change a flat tire — it can save you a lot of time and money. It can give you a chance to tweak a pre made template for your website if you do not have enough time to make your own. It is fun, I assure you.

    HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It is the “hidden” code that helps us communicate with others on the World Wide Web (WWW).

    The tools you need : For MACs, that would be SimpleText and for Windows, Notepad.
    Fortunately, HTML is written in plain text so you don’t need fancy software programs to create your HTML files.

    In order not to bore you, I asked my friend to pose for you.

     html.jpg <<<Click for fuller view>>>

    Tags are enclosed in angle brackets, <like this> or try to imagine how

    My Angelina will show you >> tombraider.jpg

    Tags come in two varieties: single tags and paired tags.

    The difference is that a single tag works on its own, while a pair of tags must have an open and closing part. The closing part is just like the opening except that it is prefixed by a slash.

    Single tags are used for separators or for inserting a single item. They do not have a matching closing tag.

    EXAMPLES:

      <br> marks the end of a line. (stands for line break.)
      <hr> marks a horizontal rule. (A line across the page.)
      To  insert an image, pls follow instruction below
      Please click it for better view >>howpic.jpg

    Some common paired tags are:

      <p> and </p> to start and close a paragraph.
      <b> and </b> for bold.
      <i> and </i> for italics.
      <em> and </em> for emphasis (usually interpreted as italics by the browser).
      <strong> and </strong> for strong text (usually interpreted as bold by the browser).
      <h1> and </h1> for the biggest heading.
      <ol> and </ol> for an ordered (numbered) list.
      <ul> and </ul> for an unordered (bulleted) list
      <font> and </font> for text font changes.
      <sup> and </sup> for superscript text.
      <sub> and </sub> for subscript text.

    It is important to make sure that pair tags are always closed properly  (e.g., that the tag that comes last is closed first and vice versa). For instance, if you wanted to create a section of red, bold text, you should write the code like this:

    <font color=”red”><b>A flower.</b></font>not: <font color=”red”><b>A flower.</font></b>line.gif

     

    Now, how are you going to set up your page? It’s easy like eating popcorn.To start a page on Notepad for Windows, go to start/programs/accessories/notepad. A window will pop up like this:notepadex.gif

    Copy and paste the code below into Notepad like this:<html>
    <head>

    <title>Your page title goes here</title>

    </head>

    <body>
    —Everything that appears on your page will be entered here, text, images etc.—</body>

    </html>
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    Then add your own stuff in between the <body> and </body> tags. 

    For  color codes try http://www.webmonkey.com/reference/color_codes/

    Example code of what to add to your <body>

    <BODY bgcolor=”#33ccff”><br><br><center>I am ugly. Check out my pic<img src=”123@love.com” mce_src=”123@love.com”></center></body>

    </html>

    When you’re finished, click on the “x” in the upper right hand corner of Notepad. A screen will come up asking you if you want to save the changes, choose yes.

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    After you choose yes, that you want to save the changes, this screen comes up. Name your file “index.html” because it will be the first page of your Web site, and then click “save”:

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    After creating your page/site test it with different browsers:  Internet Explorer (IE) 7, 6, 5.5 and 5.0, Firefox 2.0 and 1.5, Opera 9 and 8, Netscape and so on.  Then there are the different platforms: Windows, Macintosh (Mac), Linux, etc.

    It is a good idea to test your site with multiple versions of multiple browsers particularly if you plan to do anything fancy on your site. When you are able to test your pages this way, you can at least reduce the number of problems your pages have with the different browsers.

    I’ve learned about this lately after my friend BEA related her problems she encountered when viewing my other website.

    As a newbie, I was perplexed about what she told me as I can view it without any problems on my end, even my other friends with different browsers …thus, I made my geeky searching…

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    Now, if the words “will” and “action” to create your own site or page are nowhere to find because you were not able to divide your gift of 24 hours  into a well spent and balanced day, then I would suggest,  to look out for this man, he’ll help you. I hope.

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