Out of the Gate

When you built your first professional website in 1999 — or was it 1998? — you can probably recall all kinds of things, small steps into what we universally now rely on every day and for some of us, contribute to every day.

I can recall, somewhat randomly as I type this: The web safe paletteCreating Killer Websitesusing Flash (Action Scripting too, if you dared go there), adding animated gifs for decorative appeal to your web pages, learning to say “gif”, downloading images for free (only if not copyrighted!) off a web page (!), learning to use FTP,

learning to link a page, creating your site with tools like Hot Metal Pro, using its WYSIWYG screen editor, discovering new HTML tags, discovering an entire website devoted to Jane Austen at the University of Texas, using Alta Vista for searching (I was about to write “Googling”) and wondering if you’d ever need an actual web host to serve your site.

Judy WilsonSite Shack