Before blogging came around, many people had home pages (=web page), me included. I wrote up the HTML in Windows Notepad. Learning the basics of HTML was so much fun — I felt elated I could write some simple tags and make them appear on the web as a page. That also goes to prove how easy it is to learn something new when you really want to and it’s fun. Mind you, this was back in 1997, so I had to learn a whole, new way of thinking. How go get it from my computer, out, onto the web, for example. I needed an FTP-client (file transfer protocol). Nowadays, you wouldn’t necessarily need that for a simple web page — you just hit the upload button, the same way as you upload an image here in WordPress.
My pages mainly consisted of tables and frames. CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) had yet to be invented. You could play around with tables endlessly, change the looks of them with very little effort.
I made it easy for myself, in this little example, and used only named colours. Otherwise, colours are written like this #527CD0, which produces THIS blue colour.
The HTML-code to the above little table would look like this:
<table style="width: 50%;">
<td style="background-color: red;">Red</td>
<td style="background-color: green; color: white;">Green</td>
<td style="background-color: ivory;">Ivory</td>
<td style="background-color: blue; color: white;">Blue</td>
<td style="background-color: teal; color: white;">Teal</td>
<td style="background-color: rosybrown;">Rosybrown</td>
<td style="background-color: maroon; color: white;">Maroon</td>
<td style="background-color: linen;">Linen</td>
<td style="background-color: forestgreen; color: white;">Forestgreen</td>
Imagine all the typos you can make while doing this! I’m used to typing colour as opposed to color, for example, and I didn’t even use borders in it. It’s easy to miss out on a semicolon or a “. One woman in our group, spent hours trying to figure out why the image wouldn’t appear centered. Turned out she was in the U.K. and had typed
<centre> instead of
Once you have it down, it gets easier to alter stuff, like here, with borders:
Typing up this post made me somewhat tired, but thankful for the WordPress editor. My online life doesn’t require HTML-tables anymore.
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