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HTML must be formatted using a very basic, stipped-down, generic code know
as ASCII (often called "text" or "plain text"). If you upload a document
formatted in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, for example, your Web browser
cannot display the file because it is not written using text/ASCII/HTML
code. NotePad, however, is a common Windows accessory that saves
documents only in text format, which makes it ideal for
formatting HTML. Word and WordPad can save documents as ASCII text and
HTML, but this approach can lead to problems.
Creating HTML files in NotePad
- Open NotePad: Start, Programs, Accesories, NotePad
- NotePad should launch with a new document open. From the File
pull-down menu, Select "Save As," save the file to the Desktop, and name
the file using the ".html" extension (e.g., "home.html"). You must
be sure to save the file with the ".html" extension because NotePad
will otherwise add the ".txt" extension which will confuse most Web
- From the cheat sheet, enter the HTML
template, substituting an appropriate title. You can cut and past from
the cheat sheet if you are accessing the sheet online.
- Use the cheat sheet to help you format your
document in HTML.
- Save the file.
- Upload the document to the proper place in your public_html directory
instructions). If you use FTP to upload your document, you can create
directories through FTP using the "MKDIR" command on the server-side of
the connection (usually the right-hand side of the FTP interface).
- If you are using a UNC campus computer with an AFS login/client, you
can use the "Save As" command in NotePad to export/upload your file
directly to your public_html directory (see AFS
instructions). Once saved locally, then select "Save As" and choose
the H:/ drive. If AFS is working properly, you should then see your
public_html directory within the H:/ drive.