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Create Web Pages with Netscape 7.x Composer
This is a work-in-progress. I appreciate suggestions and corrections.
Create a new Web page:
1. Click on the File
pull-down menu (top, left-hand corner), select New. Then
select Composer Page to start from scratch.
A blank "page" composer page looks very much like a blank wordprocessing page. You can bold, center, change font style and size, insert images, etc. just as you can in a wordprocessor.
The color of text can be changed by highlighting the text and then clicking on the (font color icon) and selecting the color. Or select color from the Format menu (near the top of the Composer window).
You can change page colors and properties (such as color of links and background) by selecting the Formatoption, then Page Colors and Properties.
Other options include alignment choices: . Indenting does not work as in a wordprocessor. Notice the alignment "buttons," which allow you to justify left, right and center text. You can also adjust font sizes: from smaller: -a to larger: +a, underlining text.
Edit a Web Page that has already been published:
Click on the File pull-down menu and choose Edit Page. Save the page (click on the File pull-down menu and choose Save or Save As) to your hard drive or diskette drive.
The (paragraph) icon lets you choose options such as "pre" (leave the formatting as is in plain text), Heading formats (1 is the largest size), and address (italicized.
Right-click on the image that you inserted and select Image Properties.You can select dimensions; appearance; link; left , right or center alignmentand other options. You can also select options to adjust the relationship of your text to an image. Experiment with the choices to see the effects.
Insert a Table
- To insert or delete rows or columns, insert the cursor in the row above the one you want to add. Right click with your mouse. Then select insert or delete and choose the appropriate option.
- To readjust a table, right-click anywhere in the table and select Table Properties. You can change the relative size of cells, size of table, etc.
Spell check your Web page
Preview Your Web Page:First, save any changes by pressing the Save button. Then, select the (navigation wheel) to preview your Web page in the browser rather than the editing/composing page. (Or from the File menu, select Browse Page. A Navigator browser window will open displaying the page.
View or Edit the HTML Code:To create HTML documents with Composer, you do not need to know html. But if you do, you can have control over your html material and "tweak" things. HTML editing programs do not always produce the results you want. To view the HTML source code which Composer is creating, select the View menu at the top of the screen and select HTML Source. You can also edit your source html code if the Composer program did not accurately code what you want.
Warning: When you publish a new version of an old file, your original file will be overwritten if it has the same name. So keep a copy of your old file.
Publish using WSftp:
Though Netscape 7x has a built-in publishing option, it is tricky to set up the account and server settings. I prefer to use a program like WSftp (Windows only))to publish my files and upload images. I feel I have more control.
Download a free copy of WSFTP LE (Iimited edition) if you are an educator or student.
See these instructions for how to use WSftp.
With WSftp you can rename files and see all of the files in your Web directory. It is easy to accidentally delete files. So keep a back up of your Web files on a disk or hard drive.
If you have a MAC, use the Fetch ftp program.
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