- Help you choose a Text Editor and explain why you need one
- Help you choose a Web Browser
- Show you how to see the results of what you've written
Created with a Text Editor
Created with MS Word - Same file as a .doc
As can be clearly seen, Microsoft Word (or anything like it) cannot be used to create web pages. This isn't a flaw with Microsoft Word, it's just not designed to create websites.
As you're using Windows I can only recommend one program and I'm unable to speak from experience on its performance. However, every single one of my friends that has used it has said it's very good, it's also free so it'll not cost you anything to try. Notepad++ has Syntax Colouring (the key thing) and a large number of other features that make it very useful for more than just Website Creation.
If I misread your computer and you're a Mac user, click here
If you're using Linux, I have no idea what editor to use but it almost certainly comes with one.
Front Page is not a nice program. I've no idea what the code editor looks like but the WYSIWYG editor is stuff of evil. I've seen the code output it creates and it's terrible, while you could use one of the two mentioned just above to create a page then look at the code to see how it works, do not do this with Front Page, it will not teach you anything good at all.
Now you have the tools, you only need to know how to get them to work. It's very simple, drag a document ending in .html or .htm onto the icon of your web browser of choice. It's just that simple: I've got a little file for you to try, right click on the following link and choose "Save Link As", "Save As" or "Download Linked File As" depending on what browser you have. Once you've got that file, drag it onto your browser icon.
download the theme, to install it, just double click it. For those without Textmate, I have a list of the colours that I use for various things, if you want to use the same colours, you'll just have to guess at their exact value and name on your editor. However, even if that's the case I can still help. I have a screenshot of both the colour scheme I use in Textmate and if I were using Textwrangler, I'd have it set like this.
My font of choice is "PanicSans". Getting this thing is a little convoluted as it's not technically free in the normal sense yet Panic didn't charge me for it. Panic make this awesome program called Coda. Coda is not what I require and is also rather expensive $99 which is why it's not suggested alongside Textmate and Textwrangler (though it's got a 30 day free trial). Inside Coda is the "PanicSans" font. I was not 100% sure of the legal issues involved so I didn't simply take the font and use it, I emailed Panic asking them for permission to use it. They said I could use it and if you want it, that's what I suggest you do. I don't think the font works on Windows so Windows users, sorry, you'll have to make do with what you have.