For this part we are going to look at the <body> </body> tags, in particular the opening <body> tag.
The <body> tag tells the browser we want to start putting things onto the page.
BUT, what if we want things to appear differently? What if we want a different page color. What if we want to change the color of the text. How do we do that?
Well the answer is simple - tags have values attached to them which, if not specified, just use the browsers default settings but you can change them by learning what attibutes are assigned to each tag (not all tags have the same attributes).
For the <body> tag we can change the following document properties
The attribute used to change the background color of the page in the <body> tag is bgcolor="value". Color values can either be a color name i.e bgcolor="red" or a value bgcolor="#ff0000" (always use the # when using values also be careful when using color names - not all browsers recognise all the names)
We now have a <body> tag that looks like this
OK let's make it even uglier :) how about making the text on the page yellow (argh!) The attribute used to do this is text="value" (the same applies to all colors as explained above) so our <body> tag now loks like this
<body bgcolor="red" text="yellow">
Hopefully you can now start to see how easy it is to change things so they look the way you want them to.
You might want to check out this page for a full list of html 4 tags and attributes
In part 4 we'll take a look at some basic text formatting tags.