Here are some tips for avoiding troubles that some web authors have when first beginning:
1. You do not need any formatting tags for your title. The title will automatically display in bold with a sans-serif type* on browsers. This means that you only use a code that says:
<title>Title of the Page between Tags</title>
<title><b>Title of the Page between Tags</b></title>
You do not get to choose some other, fancy type for titles. Computers simply displays titles in plain, bold type.
2. Do not forget to add the --> at the end of your comments.
3. If you forget the final closing bracket > on a meta tag, the rest of the page may not display. If the page comes up blank, this could be the problem.
4. *So what is "serif" or "sans-serif" when talking about type?
The serif refers to the tiny end line used as a flourish at the bottom or top of letters in type such as this Roman or Times Roman font style.
A sans-serif font style is like this. It is plain, with no small flourish at the end of lines or bottom of letters.
5. After the <head> tags come the <body> tags. The simple <body> will begin the visible section of your page. However, many computers have a default grey background. If you want to be sure you have a white background on your page, type <body bgcolor="FFFFFF"> instead of just <body>. You can also determine the color for type and links here. To see what is possible visit the Tool for Trying out Colors. There you can try out various combinations and copy the code to paste into you own code.
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