Previewing your Webpage
Open up your browser (Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, whatever)
and then open your new file. To do this, go to the File menu and
choose Open Page or Open File (depending on what browser you're
using), and then find index.html. The browser will open up your
file and display it. It should look like an empty page except for
your text in the upper-left-hand corner.
If it doesn't look like that, then you may have forgotten to type
in one of the tags or skipped a slash or bracket or something. This
is always happening, even to HTML pros. It's really easy to forget
one little thing, and you'll know that something is wrong with your
page, but it takes a while to figure out what you missed.
As you can see, the browser knew not to print the tags onto the
page - it just wrote out your text. Now if you wanted to make the
word "CyberRez" bold, as we did before, you would just return to
your file and add the <b> tags around that word. You'd save
the file again, then return to your browser and press the Reload
button at the top of the screen. Reload tells the browser to find
that same file (index.htm) and display it again. So this time around,
you'll see your change: The word "CyberRez" should now be in boldface.
That's pretty much how people design Web sites. They create a basic
HTML file, then keep adding new stuff to it, trying out different
things, then they look at the results in their browsers.