Creating Web Pages - Using Netscape Communicator's Composer
 

1.  To start from a blank page:    Load Netscape Communicator. Open the File menu and
choose New; then choose Blank Page (Blank on Mac). A Composer window containing a blank page opens.

To start from an page already created in Composer:
  1.Open the File menu and choose Open Page (Open Page...in Composer on Mac).
    Type the path and name of the file you want to use, or click Choose File to search for the file.
  2.Click Composer.
  3.Click Open. A Composer window opens containing the specified file.
 

2.  To save a page:
**HINT: Don't forget to SAVE OFTEN!!!
**HINT: Name your page: home.html or index.html or default.html
    Open the File menu and choose Save.
    Note: To save links and images with a page use the Publishing Preferences dialog box.
          ( Located under Edit, Preferences, + Composer, Publishing)

To view your page in a Navigator (browser) window:    Open the File menu and choose Browse Page.
 

3.  Formatting Your Web Page
Changing Text Color, Style, and Font
  1.Highlight the text you want to format.
  2.Open the Format menu and choose Character Properties; then click the Character tab. Options below.

Font Face:  Click to select the font you want. Select Variable Width or Fixed Width.
Font Size:  Click to select the size of the specified font.
Color:  Click Use Color, then click the color button to choose the color of the selected characters.
The color button is the rectangle to the right of the Use Color button. If the current text color is black,
then the color button is black.
Other Colors: Click the color button in the Color section to display a colors dialog box. Then click Other.
Style:  Select a style, such as italic, bold, underline, or nonbreaking, for the selected characters.
Remove Style Settings:  Resets any style checkboxes you have selected to unselected or blank.
Remove All Settings:  Resets all settings you have made in this dialog box to unselected or blank.

To preview your settings, click Apply. Then click Close to accept the changes. To accept the changes
without previewing, click OK.

4.  Inserting Horizontal Lines
  1.Click the location in the Composer window where you want the line to appear.
  2.Open the Insert menu and choose Horizontal Line.
  3.To specify the line's height, width, alignment, and shading, double-click on the line.
 

5.  Adding Pictures (Images) to Your Web Page
Inserting an Image:
You can insert GIF and JPEG images into your web page.
  1.Click where you want the image to appear in your document.
  2.Open the Insert menu and choose Image.
  3.Specify the image file and adjust settings in the Images Properties dialog box. Options explained below.
    HINT:  To quickly resize an image, select it and drag the handles that appear at each corner.

    In Mac, you must have QuickTime installed to copy a PICT file from the Mac clipboard. Composer
    prompts you to name the image file before you paste it and converts it to JPEG format.

Image location:  Type the name or location of the image file you want to insert or modify. Click Choose
File to search for an image file on your floppy disk, hard disk or CD.
 

6.  Linking and Publishing Your Page
Linking to Other Pages:  You can link to local pages on your own computer or on your workplace's
network, or to remote pages somewhere on the Internet.

You can create a link using the Link Properties dialog box:
  1.Select the text or image you want to link to another page.
  2.Open the Insert menu and choose Link.
  3.Use the Link Properties dialog box to set up the link. The dialog box is explained below.

About the Link Properties Dialog Box:  Use this dialog box to insert a new link or modify an existing link.

Link source:  Enter the text you want link to another page or target. If you've already highlighted an image
or text, you see it here.
Link to page location or local file:  Type the local path and filename or remote URL of the page you want
to link to. If you're not sure of the path and filename or a local file, click Browse to find it on your hard disk.
Remove Link:
Click to unlink the selected linked text. If the current selection contains more than one link, an alert box
appears asking you whether to remove all links.

To preview your settings, click Apply. To accept the changes, click OK.
 

7.  Email Link:
1. Highlight your name or email address.
2. Click on Insert the Link
3. In white box under, Link to a Location or Local File: Type in:  mailto:youremailname@udata.com
   OR: with message in subject line:  mailto:youremailname@udata.com?subject=your message here
4. Click on OK to save.
 

8.  Putting Your Page on the Web:
Use the Publish Files dialog box to publish your pages on the Web. To view this dialog box, open the File
menu and choose Publish.

Page Title:
If you have already created a page, this field is filled in. If not, enter the text that appears in the window title
when the page is viewed through a browser. To be sure readers can locate your page easily, enter a useful
title that conveys what your page is all about.

HTML Filename:
If you have already created and saved a page, this field is filled in. If not, enter a filename for the current
page you want to publish. The filename must have an .htm or .html extension.

FTP Location to publish to:
**Type in:   ftp://www.udata.com/d:\netscape\server\docs\users\foldername
**Make sure to contact UDATAnet to set up your foldername and get instructions on typing above
    line before you try to publish.

Type in username,   Type in Password,    Save Password

Files associated with this page:  Be sure to send ALL associated files:
Click to display all of the files referenced by the current document. Then select the files you want to publish
along with the document. Click Select None or Select All to quickly select and deselect files in the list.

Click to display all of the files in the current page's directory. Then select the files you want to publish along
with the page. Click Select None or Select All to quickly select and deselect files in the list.

Warning: If a file on the remote server you're publishing to has the same filename as one you're uploading,
the newly uploaded file will replace the existing one. You will not be asked to confirm the action.