Mission #1

Let's build a page called "links.html." Create this page in your file system using the basic foundational tags and build your own page of links. These can be anyplace you like to surf while you're working or playing on the net. Remember that your pages are not just for the use of others or for decoration--they contain your own personal resources. If you are researching a particular topic or have a specific hobby, you should include good resource sites related to these activities. Since you are currently developing a web site, you should include a list of link which take you to good instructional pages, pages with tips on design, home pages that inspire your own creativity, etc. This way, every time you call up your page, you will have all these resources assembled and ready to click. I'll build my usual boring but functional sample to demonstrate how these HTML features work, but you can add your own links and burgeoning HTML know-how to customize your pages.

So here's your first official assignment:

  1. Create a page called "links.html," or any other name you prefer for it.
  2. Assemble some URL's for your favorite places on the web and be sure to include some valuable page building sites for your current and future reference.
  3. Use headers to title and categorize your page and incorporate horizontal rules to delineate the different categories on the page.
  4. Use any of the three list formats to organize your lists of URL's under each category.
  5. When entering your URL's, use the A HREF command to build links.
  6. List your category headings at the top of the page and link to each section using the combination A HREF and A NAME commands. Remember to put "Return" links after each section so that people can refer to your list of clickable categories as needed.
  7. After your "links.html" page is completed, build a link from your home page to this page, and place a link back to your home page on the links page.
  8. Attach "mailto" tags to both pages, in any form you prefer, and don't forget to keep up with the "Last Updated" dates.
When you're finished (or if you get stuck on the way), click here to view my sample page. If you're mystified by the commands, use the View/by Document Source option to read the HTML codes.

Once you've successfully completed this assignment, you're ready to infuse your pages with a little color, some clever backgrounds, and some images. If you'd like more practice with linking, lists, and the document tags, go ahead and make another page or two till you get the hang of it. We'll talk about site design later, but if you're planning to have a resume or a page devoted to your personal writing or a prospectus for a project you're completing, put it together and link it to your home page.

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