When I attempted my first web page all I had to work with was Netscape Composer (because it came with Netscape) and Canon Color Desk (because it came with the printer)
To me graphics were done by hand with pens, pencils, paints etc. on paper.
I am a graphic artist -- -- old school.
It became obvious that I needed a good graphics program if only to scan my own work and make it look better for a web page. That was when I got Paint Shop Pro and never looked back (graphically).

For tutorials on using Paint Shop Pro go back to my main graphics page.

It was not long before I started to want more control of the page than Netscape would allow.
Don't get me wrong Netscape was an excellent WYSIWYG * composer but like all of it's kind it has to guess what you have in mind and write the HTML the way it thinks you want. It just couldn't read my mind even when I swore profusely at it.

This was when I went looking for help with HTML and stumbled upon Arachnophilia, an HTML editor which would do everything for me while I learned what it was doing. Amazingly it was, and still is, a free download.
If you want to follow my tutorials it would be best if you also download it.
Just click on the link and scroll down the page
until you find 'Acquire the Arachnophilia executable.'

From what I had heard from people wiser on the web than me I was expecting HTML to be a cross between Chinese and Antient Egyptian hieroglyphics.
What I found was an extremely structured language which is easy to understand in it's concept.
There are lots of things that it controls which means there are many things to learn but you need know nothing in the beginning to get started if you allow Arachnophilia to do all your scripting.

In case you are interested, and I certainly was, you can read about the man who programmed Arachnophilia here
Paul Lutus

Wherever possible I use screenshots in my tutorials because a picture is still worth a thousand words.
Hopefully this will take the mystery out of HTML. I will go slowly but once you have the idea you will be amazed how easy it is.

If you want to follow along with the tutorials you can download the files I have used here.
Download Files Unzip and extract the files to the folder where you will be putting your work.

Tutorial # 1
Getting Started.
Just the basics
How HTML uses <TAGS> to control EVERYTHING.
16.7 million things you don't need to know about colors
  If you are like me and just have to know everything please read this page.
Computer color numbers explained
Tutorial # 2 Adding a graphic
Tutorial # 3
Adding a background graphic to your page
Tutorial # 4 This is to keep your interest.
An impressive display of what you can do right away

About now you are probably saying "OK, I can make a simple page but how do I get it on the web?

First of all you need a server and then an FTP program.
Just follow their instructions for setup.

Tutorial # 5
Create a simple second page and put a text link from one page to the other
Tutorial # 6
How to change the colors on the page and
What you need to know about fonts

Notes This is a page of notes on what we have covered so far
and also some information on common text colors, styles and alignment.

A few more graphics you will need if you are following these tutorials.
Download Zip File

Tutorial # 7
Probably the most important part of web page design.
Tutorial # 8 Inserting linked pictures into the table

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* WYSIWYG stands for What You See Is What You Get