CSC 107      Spring 2002

How-to Basics

[ Web Browser | NotePad Text Editor | File Transfers ]

Web Browser

A Web browser is a program for accessing and displaying Web pages. The two most popular Web browsers are Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape's Communicator, both of which are free. While either browser will work fine for viewing most pages, there are some subtle differences that may affect the display of some pages, especially with respect to newer features of the Web. For this class, Netscape Communicator is recommended, but you may choose to use Internet Explorer if you wish.

Starting the browser:

Note: when you start the browser, the home page for that computer is automatically loaded. For computers on campus, the home page is most likely the Creighton University page. For your own personal computer, you can change the home page by selecting Preferences from the Edit menu in Communicator (or Internet Options from the Tools menu in IE).

Opening a Web Page

Note: you must be very careful when entering a Web address since any typo will most likely cause the browser to fail in locating the page.

Opening a Local Web Page

Note: when you open a local Web page, the file name is preceded with file:// in the Address box of the browser. This distinguishes the local page from pages loaded over the Web, whose addresses are preceded with http://.

Viewing the Source of a Web Page

Downloading/Saving a Web Page

NotePad Text Editor

Since a Web page is nothing more than a text file that contains special HTML tags, you can use any text editor you choose (even advanced word processors such as Word or WordPerfect, although you must be sure to save the file as plain text). For this class, the simple NotePad that comes with Windows is sufficient.

Starting NotePad:

Note: when NotePad opens, a new blank document is automatically opened and displayed. If you wish to create a new document, you can start typing directly in this untitled window.

Opening an Existing File using NotePad:

Note: if NotePad is set to be the default editor for Web pages in Internet Explorer (as specified in Tools -> Internet Options -> Programs), then a Web page can be opened simply by clicking the Edit button on the toolbar.

Saving a File using NotePad:

Copying a File using NotePad:

Getting Help about NotePad:

File Transfers

In order to make a Web page accessible to the world, it must be stored on a computer running special Web server software. For this course, this requires two steps, (1) uploading the file to the public_html directory of your bluejay account, and (2) setting the appropriate protection on the file so that Web broswers from outside of Creighton can view the page.

Transferring files to Bluejay

The procedure for uploading files to the server is different depending on the browser you are using. Separate instructions are provided below.

Using Netscape Communicator:
Using Internet Explorer:

Making BlueJay Web Pages Accessible