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Web Page Authoring Fundamentals

Have you ever made a Web page? Did you make it in pure HTML? FrontPage? Dreamweaver? If you've never made a Web page before in your life, or if you haven't worked with the HTML tags, you'll want to before tackling this exam. A chunk of the CIW Associate exam deals with HTML and GUI HTML editors. Don't worry—it's not that hard.

The objectives begin with a simple look into Web Page Authoring and some basic terminology: text editors, GUI editors, front-end issues, and back-end issues. Pretty simple stuff.

From there, you can dive head-first into HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). You will need to know what HTML is, understand the rules of HTML, and have an understanding of XHTML (eXtensible Hypertext Markup Language). This means you will need to know how to create and work with HTML code, markup tags, document structure tags, paragraph formatting and block-level elements.

A Web page would be pretty boring without graphics, so this exam will test your ability to work with horizontal rules and graphical elements. You will need to know how to work with rules, images, and special characters. Lumped into this objective includes colors, Web-safe colors, page colors, and fonts. Make it pretty.

Some standard HTML issues you'll be tested on include hyperlinks, types of hyperlinks (image maps and anchors), and internal links. Practically any Web page can be designed with tables. You'll need to know how tables work within a Web page, why they are so sexy (okay, maybe not sexy, but definitely attractive), and how you can design them to work with any browser.

Many entities use frames to accomplish different effects for the Web sites. You'll need to know how to work with and implement frames within Web pages. This means you will need to know how to tie frames together through internal links, create borderless frames, and target destination frames.

Your experience with GUI HTML Web editors will also be tested on this exam. You can expect questions dealing with FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Go Live, and others. You'll need to know the pros and cons to work with HTML versus GUI editors. Don't expect anything too harsh here.

Finally, this section wraps up with HTML extensions. You'll need a grasp on the too-cool Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Javascripts, Dynamic HTML, and XML.

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