PassWord 4.x applet

Creating an html page:

This page is for the absolute beginner.
If you already know this skip this section.

An html page is nothing more than a plain simple text file.
It has a certain structure.
It always starts with a head section followed by a body section.
These all are wrapped into the html tags; this way the browser knows it's an html page.
Here is the main structure of an html page.

<HTML>

<HEAD>
<TITLE>page title</TITLE>
</HEAD>

<BODY>
Here is the actual page data.<BR>
</BODY>

</HTML>

The head section gives some information about the page itself.
For example the default font used or who created the page etceteras.
The body section contains the actual page.
A very useful tag to use between the body tags is the <BR> tag.
It causes a simple line break.

Note that html is a mark up language.
It doesn't define how the page is exactly shown.
It only gives some hints on how to show it.
For example the browser will automatically wrap text depending on the screen size.

Just try to create a plain text file with notepad and save it as index.html
Then double click on it.
The browser now should show your homemade html page.
Great isn't it.

Well so far but how do I put the page on the Internet?
You need to transfer your page to your provider's computer.
This is done with a program that uses the FTP protocol.
FTP is an abbreviation for File Transfer Protocol.
A widely used FTP program is WS-FTP from http://www.ipswitch.com/.
It's a simple and good ftp program.

There are two methods to put the files on your provider's computer.
You can transfer it as plain text file or as binary file.
I suggest using the binary option.
If you transfer a binary file as text it could cause it to get corrupted.
Transferring a text file as binary mostly isn't a problem.
If you are behind a firewall put the ftp program in passive mode.

The FTP program will ask your username and password to connect to the provider's computer.
After that you will see your user directory on the providers computer.
Note that most providers have split it up in two parts.
One part isn't accessible from the Internet the other is.
If you see a subdirectory public_html then put your files in this directory.
Directories below this subdirectory aren't accessible.
For exact details you should ask your provider.
Mostly your provider's homepage will give you a clue.

To test your page you must type a URL into your browser.
An URL is a link to an html page like http://servername.com/etceteras
The exact syntax depends on your provider's configuration.
You need to contact your provider for this or visit your provider's homepage.
Perhaps you need to call your providers helpdesk.

On most UNIX servers the default link to a users homepage is http://provider.com/~username You should replace provider.com with your provider's domain name.
You should replace username with the left side of your email address.
For example mine is rvdb@comweb.nl
My provider comweb.nl, I myself am the provider :-).
So my private homepage is at http://comweb.nl/~rvdb
This is just one way it often is done.
Others use a sub-domain.
Like http://rvdb.comweb.nl
Again for exact details ask your provider.
I can't provide you with the exact details.

For more information on how to edit an html page buy a good html book.
It would take to much time to explain all here.