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How to Create a Simple Web Page with Mozilla Composer 1.7 and Netscape 7 Composer

Part I. Getting Started

Composer is a free HTML and Web page editing program for the BSD, Linux, Mac, Unix, and Windows platforms

Use Composer rather than GoLive, FrontPage, or Dreamweaver and save money

Mike Angelo -- 19 April 2004 (C) -- Page 3


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Today you learned how to open the Mozilla Composer and set its preferences. Then you learned how to insert and customize tables to serve as Web-page layout elements.

In today's tutorial you created four table-based layout elements, a masthead, a navigation bar, a sidebar, and a main content area. You also learned how to insert text and images into the table-based layout elements. And you also learned how to format text and add background color to the table-based layout elements.

A neat, timesaving trick you learned is selecting cells as a group. That let's you make the same edits to all the cells in the group at one time -- instead of having to repeat the changes for each cell, one at a time.

That's a nice start for learning how to use the Mozilla Composer to design, create, and edit Web pages. But it's just the tip of the iceberg.

MozillaQuest Magazine will show you more tricks and more things you can do with Mozilla Composer to design, create, and edit Web pages in upcoming editions of this hands-on, tutorial series. In the meantime start using Mozilla Composer to design, create, and edit Web pages on your own. You will be surprised at how much you can learn on your own.


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We used Mozilla Composer 1.7b running on a MS Windows 98 SE box for the screen shots in this tutorial article.

The screen shots were made using the GIMP 2.0 Screen Shot feature (File > Acquire > Screen Shot). Preparation of the screen shots for this article was done with GIMP 2.0 for Windows running on this same MS Windows 98 SE computer.

The Windows 98 SE computer a desktop box with a 750-MHz AMD Duron CPU, Iwill KV200-R motherboard (VIA KT133 chipset) with integrated audio, 384-MB of PC-133 RAM, 100-GB Maxtor D536X hard drive, and 3D-Labs Oxygen XV1 video card in an Antec ATX case.

Incidentally, this article was written on that same MS Windows 98 SE machine described above. StarOffice Writer is the application used to do the writing.


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Here are the FTP download links for Mozilla 1.7b. Please check the MozillaQuest Magazine Mozilla Index for newer versions as they are released.

We recommend that you disconnect your computer from the Internet when installing Mozilla so that you can adjust your security and privacy preferences before taking Mozilla online for the first time. (Please see our article How To Download, Install, & Configure Netscape 6 -- Safely! for more about that.)


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