- Bay-Journal Commentary - by Marvin Kusmierz, Editor
Since Apr. 2002
With over 980 web pages at the end of last month, we should achieve 1,000 very soon. That’s a lot of content and far more than many novels.
Web pages are created using what is call HTML language, which stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, and are a set of codes used to define the structure of a web page. Codes are placed inside “<“ code “>” without the quote marks. An example is "<"B">", which tells the computer to make everything following it “bold.” To stop the “bold,” a forward slash is used like this "<"/B">". There are hundreds of codes that cover, punctuation, text, margins, layout and other items to get the desired result.
I decided to learn the HTML code as I went along, which isn’t the best way for most folks to learn it. However, being an impatient sort of fella, I plunged in to using the HTML language and spent hours trying to find my mistakes. I learned early on that commas are extremely important, and hard to find when they are the mistake after you coded a full page with text in between the codes. A missing comma can make the page do all sorts of strange things when seen in a browser. I’ve had occasions when nearly an entire page disappeared because of a missing comma.
If you have never seen a coded HTML page and are interested in doing so, you can view an HTML page by using the “View Source” command of your browser. Try this web page and you’ll get an idea of how easy a mistake can be made. You'll notice at the top of each page is some descriptive information which informs the browser of what HTML version was used to prepare the page and other information used by Search Engines.
The number of visits to the website in September was over 28,000 bring the total for the first nine months to over 263,000 as compared to 162,000 for all of last year. At this rate, the total visits to the website since it bagan should hit 500,000 by the end of the year.