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LeaseyBite 24, the HTML Assistant

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It's all very well reading web pages that other people have put together, but how do you create them yourself? Lots of people are blogging, creating websites, sophisticated forum entries and other things besides. But to do this well, you need knowledge of HTML. This is one of the languages the web uses, principally so a person can create link to files or other pages on the internet, denote important content using Headings and even create tables. But where do you start?

You could easily search on the internet for the information. But Leasey contains the HTML Assistant. Not only does Leasey take away the stress of remembering the syntax for inserting the HTML code into your document or web page, but this does mean all the material is in a very convenient place without you having to look in a document or some other resource.

To bring into view the HTML Assistant, you use our ALT+Windows+Control key combination as we have done a few times, and at the same time, type the letter "H".

You are now in one of Leasey's famous lists comprising a number of options. you will find options for creating Headings, Links, Paragraphs, Tables, Block Quotes and for inserting images. Usually, you would press this keystroke before you want to compose the individual element. So if you wish to insert a new Heading, before you start typing the content of the Heading, you would press the HTML Assistant key, select the Heading level you want from 1 through to 6, press Enter, and type the text.

I am now in a document, but it could be a form within a web browser as part of a platform for creating a blog post. I'll press ALT+Control+Windows+H.
The Heading entries are the top 6 items, so I will select Heading level 2 for this item.
Press Enter when it has been selected with the Down Arrow key.

I will type "Important Information", which is my Heading, and press Enter.

If we now examine the document, we will see that we have the words "Important Information" encapsulated within the HTML code which a person would have ordinarily typed.

Lets repeat that process but in a slightly different way. This time, I have text I've written in advance of inserting the HTML code into my document. The line reads "What to Do Next."
I would like this to be a level 3 Heading. To achieve this, select the line by pressing Shift+End.
Now again, press the HTML Assistant Key and select Heading Level 3 this time. Press Enter.
This time, Leasey does not ask for the text to be part of the Heading because it is already selected.

Creating Headings is the most straightforward of the options in the HTML Assistant. Many of them consist of a number of screens, but Leasey is intelligent enough to guide you, based upon the activity you are working through.

I'm now going to create a bulleted list as an example. I will type into my document:
I like technology because:
I'll then create a new line, go back into the HTML Assistant, and select bulleted list. So the paragraph will read: I like technology because, then we will have a bulleted list of all the reasons we like technology. When we've finished, as far as the HTML is concerned, it will all be formatted correctly.

Having chosen Bulleted List, we're asked for the first item. Type it in and press Enter.
I'll type:
It makes me more independent.

To create the next item, I'll press the HTML Assistant key again. This time, Leasey does not bring up the main HTML category list. Instead, she knows we are creating a list, so she asks for the next item. I'll type:
I can carry out my employment. Then press Enter.

You would keep adding items until you had finished the list. When complete, go back into the HTML Assistant and type the word "end". Then press Enter.

The list is exactly how we want it and looks perfect. We can now safely submit that to a web site with confidence that it is presented in the right way.

Let us now create a table using the HTML Assistant. Again, I'll go back into the HTML Assistant, and choose Table.

Leasey knows we have not created a Table so far, so she wants to know what the column headers will be. We'll create a table containing two columns. The first will be the person's first name, and the second, the person's last name. So type "First Name" into the Edit Field and press Enter.

To create the second column, again press the HTML Key and type the Last Name.

Our columns are complete, so we need to tell Leasey we are finished with those. So next time you go back into the HTML Assistant, type the word "stop" and press Enter.

Next time we press the key, we're typing in row 2, column 1, the person's first name. That's Brian in my case. Press Enter.

Press the HTML Key again and I'll type my last name, Hartgen. Press Enter.

Leasey has let us know automatically that we are moving to a new row in the table. Keep adding more information into the table cells until it is complete. To complete the table, type the word End into the Edit Field, and press Enter.
Our table is now complete.

There are lots of other things you can do here. One of the most common tasks you would want to do is to create a link pointing to another web page. Leasey is very good, and lets you know what information is needed at any given time, the full URL to the item and the text to appear as part of the Link.
Useful guidance is also provided when inserting images.

Code like a pro with Leasey and the HTML Assistant.

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