At first glance, the
tool bars on Kompozer look very similar to the tool bars
in a word processor. You'll recognize many of the
Take a little look
at this close up section and find it in your copy of
Recognize any of the icons? Good!
Toggle Between Normal View and Source View:
Write a few words in the big white box. Anything at all.
Next, take a look at this close up section. Find it in
your copy of Kompozer. It will be in the bottom left
Click on the word Source. The view changes so that you
can see how the HTML is written. Now, how cool is
Click on the word Normal and you will go back to the
Now for some fun!
Put your cursor somewhere in the
writing. Look at the far left of the middle row at
the top of the Kompozer Window and find "Body Text."
Click on it and a drop down list appears. There is an
check mark by Body Text right now. Click on Heading 1.
Your writing changes size and the title of the drop down
Look back down at the bottom left.
Click on Source and see how the HTML has changed.
Whatever you have written now has the beginning heading
tag <h1> in front of it and the closing heading
tag at the end.</h1> You have just changed the
body text to the biggest heading size!
Try each of the other Heading Sizes.
Look at the Source each time also to see how the HTML
changes. (Remember - bottom left -->Source to
see the source code; --> Normal to see the normal
Try Paragraph also and see what changes. Don't worry
about address or preformat for now.
Click on Body Text to get ready to
play in the next section.
Go to Edit --> Select all or Click and drag to
highlight your text.
Look in the third line in your Kompozer program and find
the two boxes just to the right of "Variable Width:.
Click on the black box.
A drop down list will appear like the one at the
Click in one of the little boxes. The information under
the little boxes will change.
Click somewhere on the page to remove the highlighting
on the words. Your text color has changed to the color
We are learning some HTML, too, remember, so go down to
the bottom left corner and click on source. Look in the
body section and you'll see something similar to this:
<span style="color: rgb(153, 0, 0);">What you
The numbers will be different and the words you wrote,
most likely will not be "What you wrote", but will be
the actual words you wrote - well, you get the idea!
Play around with it a little, highlighting the words and
changing the colors. Try clicking on the other screen
and see what happens. Remember to look at "source" and
see how the HTML changes.
Look at that third line again:
If you click on "Variable Width", a drop down list of
your fonts shows up. The best way to choose the fonts
for a web page is to use css, but for right now, just
play around with highlighting the words you have written
and then clicking on a font. Look at the changes in the
"source" code, also. (Remember, bottom left corner
--> click on source.)
The smaller "a" will change the test size to a smaller
size. The larger "A" will change the text to a larger
The B will make the text bold
The slanted I
will put the text in italics
The underlined U
will cause the text to be
The next four choices will change the alignment.
Remember, you have to have the text highlighted for the
changes to take place. Also, don't forget to check how
the "source" code changes. Does any of that look
familiar? Compare it to the Common
file, if you want, or insert some of the tags
while you're in the "source" view. Notice, everything
you've been doing is showing up in the <body>
to pages for the web (Includes adding links to
Eon's groups, posts made in groups, or other things
public on the web)
First you need to have the URL that you want to link to.
Go to the group, group post or website that you want to
link to. Copy the URL from the address box of your
browser when you are on that page.
Next, highlight the words in your Kompozer page that you
are going to link FROM.
Look on the top line of the Kompozer program to the
right of the middle of the line. Find the word "Link".
Click on "Link" and the following drop down box
The words that you highlighted will appear in the Link
Text box automatically. You could not highlight anything
and put words such as "view link" or "Click here" in the
Link Text box.
Paste the link to the URL you want to link to in the
Link Location box.
Then, click on OK.
You've just linked to a web site, post, or group. Go
down to the bottom left hand corner and click on source
to see how it is written in HTML.
Aren't you smart!
This exercise is continued in "Adding an Image with
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