Web Design Tools: Write Your Own Code

Though they are a rare species, there are people who find it preferable to write their own HTML code. If you would like to write your own code, all you need is a text editor and a web browser. There is no software to buy or learn.

You begin by typing the code into a text file. You cannot see what your page is going to look like while you are writing the code. You have to imagine what it will look like while you are writing it. Then, save the file as an html or htm file. Then, you open the same file in a web browser. The web browser processes the code that you typed in and displays it as a web page.

There is an undeniable sense of satisfaction that comes from viewing a page that you coded from scratch. You may even feel the urge to yell "Ta-Da!" when you finally see the fruits of your labor displayed in the browser. In the early days of the web, all pages were created this way. Today, even professional web developers use a web editor such as Dreamweaver to generate at least some of the html code for them.


TAC's HTML Quick Reference (PDF)