In this module you are introduced to web authoring software. Programs in this category allow users to create websites using a familiar word processor-like interface, by typing text and formatting it using buttons, menus, and dialog boxes. So far in this course, you have created web pages entirely by hand coding them in HTML. This process is essential to learning web design, as HTML coding gives web authors greater control over the website than is possible with web authoring tools. A solid HTML foundation is particularly critical for advanced students as they progress into web scripting and programming. Understanding the HTML behind the scenes, and being able to manipulate it, continues to be an important skill for web designers, despite the availability of software tools that simplify the overall task of desigining a website.
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