How do I edit HTML files using Windows NotePad?
Dave, I am reading your book Creating Cool Web Sites and you say on page 22 "suppose you recently created the file not-yet.html in NotePad..." and go on to show how it would look on Internet Explorer with and without HTML tags. But I cannot duplicate this example!
NotePad does not let me save as .html, nor does WordPad and if I save it as Web Page in Microsoft Word 2003 it won't work either. I am super motivated to get going but have just about ripped all my hair out as I can't get past the first step.
Sorry to hear about your confusion and frustration! Hold off on any further hair ripping, however. It sounds painful.
Though it's not completely obvious, NotePad has the ability to save a file in "Text Document" mode, and that's what you want. In fact, when you're in NotePad and choose Save As, there are three snippets of information you need to supply: File Name, Save as type, and Encoding.
The choice for Save as type is "Text Documents (*.txt)", the Encoding should be ANSI, and the filename must have the .html suffix for the Web browser to then interpret what you've typed as an HTML page, rather than a text page. And that's where NotePad is a bit tricky: if you just type in a filename, it'll automatically give it the ".txt" filename suffix, which won't work how you want. You can add all the HTML you desire, but IE (and any other Web browser) will still show you the HTML, not interpret it.
To sidestep this problem, make double sure that when you enter a filename, that you don't leave a .txt stray filename suffix in the box, but instead make sure that it's a ".html" file, like this lower corner slice of the Save As dialog box:
I think that'll get you going. If not, let me know!
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