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To create an HTML file, you don't need any special programs. All you need is a simple text editor that saves the file as ascii text.
For example, we use BBEdit on the Macintosh and HomeSite on the PC. Other people use
word processors such as Word or Word Perfect that can save the files as ascii text. Others just use the built-in text editors that came with the computer -- SimpleText or Notepad.
There are also a number of HTML WYSIWYG editors. These editors let you
see the page as it will appear in a browser. Instead of typing tags, you can select commands from
pull down menus, and click and drag items. Adobe, Microsoft, Macromedia and a score of other
companies are all offering HTML creation tools.
Because we get so many questions about the tools to use, we have created a special section in our store that recommends some good tools to use as you get started. You can read mini-reviews and even purchase these tools online immediately. It is important to remember that there is no one "best" tool. The best tool or tools are those that work well for you and that you feel comfortable using.
No matter which tool you use, it is helpful to understand the HTML code itself. Understanding a little simple code makes it easier to fix problems on your page and simply understand why certain things are happening.
This section covers:
What is HTML?
How it Works