Using KompoZer

Using KompoZer - Using KOMPOZER A Web Authoring Tool(r rdm...

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Using KOMPOZER: A Web Authoring Tool (r11/24/2009 rdm) 1. Create a Web Page with KompoZer Introduction Most people in our society today know how to use the Internet to look up information. However, relatively few know how to put information on the Internet – i.e. how to create an informative web page and “post” it to a Web Server. In related assignments you have learned basic HTML tags to create a web page. This is a relatively technical process where you must know and use “tags” to prepare the web page. Fortunately, Web Editor software helps you prepare a web page in WYSIWYG (pronounced WizzyWig, it means “What You See Is What You Get”) fashion without having to work directly with the HTML “tags.” KompoZer is one of many Web editors. KompoZer is a free, open source software package that enables you to develop web pages easily and quickly. The purpose of this tutorial is to introduce you to some of the basic web page development operations using KompoZer. Like many software programs, KompoZer has several different ways to accomplish the same task. The purpose of this tutorial is to get you started and give you the skills you need to build a page. You are encouraged to do more than the basics we cover here. You can learn more by using the help file or just playing around with the program. You can also look for help online. Start to Develop the “Favorite Zion Hikes” Web Page We will introduce the capabilities of KompoZer by developing two related web pages: “Favorite Zion Hikes” (see Figure 1.1) and “Contrast in Zion” (see Figure 1.2). KompoZer is available for free from http://KompoZer.net/ , but make sure you download the executable for your computer and not all the open source development files. We have put the files you need for the PC or Mac available online. Download KompoZer and unzip and/or install it. For PC users you can run it directly without installing it by clicking on the Kompozer.exe file. (Note that you can even put KompoZer on a thumb drive and run it from there on any PC without installing it.) Step 1: To prepare for web page development, create a new project folder (preferably on your flash or hard drive) and put all files (e.g. picture, backgrounds, html documents, etc.) for the project in the project folder. This step is not unique to KompoZer but is good practice for any web page project. 1
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Figure 1.1 – “Favorite Zion Hikes” Screen Shot Figure 1.2 – “Contrast in Zion” Screen Shot (with white background and black text) 2
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The first time you open KompoZer, a new page is ready for you to create. If the “new-page” view does not open by default, then click the “New” icon as shown in Figure 1.3: Figure 1.3 Open a Web Page Pallet Enter and Edit Text Enter the first line of text for the “Favorite Zion Hikes” page, and the next line: “(Click here for information).” Highlight and center these lines of text using the “center” icon in the task bar. Highlight the first line of text and Click: “Format” “Font” and select a new font; then
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