The speed with which the Internet has developed is truly astounding. In the blink of History's eye we have gone from the Stone Age of writing with quills and carrying notes by hand to the Information Age of email and live video over the Internet. The pace is not slowing down yet. Businesses have dived into electronic commerce even though the waters are still cold and dark. While some businesses are still having trouble making money online, there is no turning back from the glories of meeting and greeting electronically. Once you have surfed the Web or exchanged messages with folks halfway around the world, you will be hooked.
The projects in this tutorial will take you a long way toward understanding and working with the Internet, and with the World Wide Web in particular. You will learn how to surf the Web, visiting web sites around the world. You will learn to search the world's web pages for specific information and for general topics. You will even learn how to create a simple web page.
These lessons are written with the assumption that you have already worked though the Working with Windows lessons. Below is a summary of what you are expected to already understand. The Windows skills are very important. The Word skills are needed when you create your own simple web page.
You can, of course, use any recent browser to just view the lesson pages. If you want to use a different browser in the Step-by-Step sections, you will have to figure out how to adapt the directions. Some features are probably different in your browser. Not necessarily worse!
Project 1: Browser Basics:
If you download the resource files, you can work through the main project offline (without being connected)
Exercises for Project 1- A connection is required.
Project 2: HTML Basics:
A connection is required for checking some URLs and for uploading your pages to web space, if you wish to do that.
Browser Basics: Web pages for practicing browsing and
Nothing is quite the same as being on the Internet yourself. If you have slow connection or are in a classroom where not all the computers can connect to the Internet at the same time, you may want to install the resource files to your hard drive. That way you could learn and practice without being connected to the Internet. Your instructor may have put these files on your computer already. They are also available in the download and disc copies of the lessons.
HTML Basics: The images and documents you need for the project and the exercises
directions about downloading the resource files.
You need removable storage for a working copy and a backup copy of your documents. These lessons direct you to save your work to a removable drive instead of to a folder on the hard disk. Students in classrooms often do not have their own password-protected storage folders.
If you have a computer of your own, keep an up-to-date copy of your work on your home computer. If you have online storage, also called cloud storage, like DropBox or OneDrive, keep a copy of your documents there. That's three copies - flash drive, computer, cloud. Start good backup habits early and you won't kick yourself later when your flash drive is lost or goes through the laundry!
USB drive: Recommended
Called by many different names: flash drive, flash pen, thumb drive, key drive, jump drive, and mini-USB drive. A USB drive is an excellent choice for storing your class work.
Before you buy:
Check the following for both the classroom computer AND your home computer-
If you do not have a computer at home, consider buying 2 USB drives so that you can use one to keep a backup copy of your work. Don't lose them both at the same time!
(Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome 51, and Firefox 46 are used in illustrations and directions. Other versions may be quite similar.)
Or, you can use your own favorite browser, as long as you are willing to figure out what to do when there are differences.
Anti-virus software - Should be up and running every time you connect to the Internet!
To view the pages that you create in the lessons.
The archived version of this material was written to use FrontPage or FrontPage Express. Those are both obsolete now. The new programs for creating HTML pages are so flexible and complicated that I have decided to return to basics and work directly with the HTML code. After all, you will need to know what is supposed to be on the page when your fancy software messes things up!
Hands-on topic, (symbol in the menu) where you will have Step-by-Step directions.
Tip - something you might find useful to know.
Warning about possible problems.
Problem and Solution, for what to do in case of trouble
Save or retrieve a file (Icon is a USB flash device. You may be using something else)
your storage device is too full to save new documents
Keyboard shortcut or method to do something
Link to a page or file that is part of this site
Link to a page or file that is NOT part of this site. You must be connected to the Internet to view.
Browsers: Sections that apply to a particular browser will be marked with an icon and background color:
Multiple Versions: Sections that apply to two versions will show nested background color with the most recent version showing the most color. If three version share directions, there will be three nested background colors.
Disclaimer: All names, addresses, and phone numbers
used in the lessons and exercises are fiction! Any similarity to a real
person, business, or place is a coincidence.
The author cannot be held responsible for any damage to hardware, software, or data resulting from your attempts to follow the directions.