Welcome, friends, to your crash course to HTML.  HTML doesn't stand for what it says above, but for Hyper Text Markup Language.  If you find anything more heavy-duty then what I have here, E-mail me!!!! Trust me, especially if you're a beginner, this is ALL you need to know about raw HTML.  So go forth, take (copy) what you need, and let your mind (and fingers) do the rest. 

For Starters:

The first thing you'll need to type in for your web page is this:
<title>Whatever the hell the title of my web page is</title>

The only thing you would probably put in before the </head> tag is JavaScript.

Changing the background/text/links/visited links colors:

<BODY BGCOLOR="#ffffff"  TEXT="#000000" LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#00ffff">

Is the color attributes for this page. Let's break it down:

BGCOLOR="#ffffff" is saying the background is white. #ffffff can be alternated with a multitude of colors (which I will list below). It can also be substituted by BACKGROUND="Somepicture.gif" and have a picture for the background.  This applies for TEXT (The text color), LINK (The link's color), and VLINK (an already visited link's color). The BODY command must be used right after the </head> commmand and must be terminated with </body> right before the </html> tag.  The </html> tag should be the very last thing on your page.

The Colors:

#ff0000 is Red
#000000 is Black
#ffffff is White
#0000ff is Blue
#00ffff is Light Blue
#ffff00 is Yellow
#00ff00 is green
#804040 is Brown
#800080 is Purple
#c0c0c0 is Gray
and #ff8000 is Orange

If there's any more you need, get a web page creator or something.

Although this hexadecimal system can get you the accurate colors you want, some browsers will recognize simply typing out BLUE or RED, etc.

Hidden Comments(In the raw HTML):

<!--This won't show up on the page when typed in the raw HTML-->

This can come in handy if you forget what certain tags do.


<a href="">The CheeseMaster's Home Page</a>

will do this:

 The CheeseMaster's Home Page

The <a href="yadayadayada"> is the actual link itself. By typing "Yada Home page" after will make it say "Yada Home Page", although clicking itwill bring you to yadayadayada. The </a> is crucial because any text between the <a href="yadayadayada"> and the </a> will be a link to yadayadayada.  If the </a> does not show up at all in the page, the whole page may be a link!! Also, any graphics between the <a href="___">and the </a> will become a link as well.  Something that looks like this </*****>is called a termination tag. Most HTML commands require them.

Inserting Graphics:

<img src="shmuck.gif">

will do this:

This command requires no termination tag. The picture will show up wherever you tell it to, like in between text. It has to be aligned by doing<img align="****" src="*****.***"> .There are five commands for <img align>: top, bottom, left, right, and center. Also, if you know the height and width of your picture, you can type this: <img align="****" src="*****.***"height=*** width=***>, substituting the asterisks with the appropriate information.  And finally, for browsers that don't support graphics, you can add an ALT attribute in the <img> tag.  This will provide a text alternative to the graphic.  Like so:

<img src="shmuck.gif" alt="The Shmuck">

will do this:

The Shmuck

Even if your browser supports graphics (such as Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer), you can skim over the graphic with your mouse cursor to see the alternative text pop-up.  Give it a try!

Adding a Breaking Line:

Typing this:

I need two spaces below this text

will do this:

I need two spaces below this text.


Making a line:

Text above a line <HR> Text below a line

will do this:

Text above a line 

Text below a line

Well, this the basics, my friend. What's that? You're not satisfied with what is above? You want MORE HTML? Then by all means, click here.