Welcome to the Mozilla
WYSIWYG Editor Tutorial
Have you ever wanted to create a website but you don't know HTML? Not
to worry, because with mozilla.org's
free Mozilla Composer WYSIWYG web editor, you don't have to know HTML
to create a wonderful website! This website will hopefully help you with
the basics of creating a site with Mozilla Composer.
Structure of this Tutorial
This tutorial has been divided up into sections in hopes of making navigation
as easy and useful as possible. Each section will contain a great deal
of screenshots accompanied by text describing each. Aside from the screenshots,
this site will be mostly text for simplicity sake. The tutorial is centered
around the website Sunny Meadows
Farm that was created using Mozilla Composer. Most of the screenshots
will feature this site, and some of the little more advanced topics will
be fairly specific to that site.
While not mandatory, it is recommended that you read the sections in
order from top to bottom the way they are presented in the navigation
bar to the left. By doing so, you will be familiar with the basic user
interface elements before having to tackle the more advanced topics like
Tables. You'll notice that the screenshots become
less focused on exactly where to click as the tutorial moves from top
to bottom and more focused on explaining the options being discussed.
Limitations of this Tutorial
This tutorial is in no way meant to be exhaustive. The intricacies of
web design take years to master, partially because of all the technologies
that can be used these days. Also, Composer can be used to build more
powerful sites than the one showcased in the tutorial, but for the sake
of all the web newbies who may come across this, many of those techniques
will be ignored. Image editing and accquisition is also omitted from the
tutorial. Keep in mind that there are more than one way to do almost anything
that will be demonstrated, so if you find another way, it's pefectly ok
to do the task that way.
It's also important to note that this tutorial will not cover the Publish
function of Composer. The Publish function seems to be very buggy and
its method of getting files to and from the server leave something to
be desired. For best results, it is recommended that an FTP
program be used for uploading files to the server once you're finished
editing them locally with Composer.
Getting the Most from this Tutorial
Composer is no different than any other piece of software in that you
have to practice, practice, practice with it in order to learn to use
it to its full potential. Play around with it and don't be scared. Make
backups off all the files you'll be using with the tutorial. That way,
you can mess around with the editor without having to worry about breaking
something. Besides, it's just web design!
Where to Begin
If you don't have Composer yet, see Getting Mozilla.
It will explain where to get it and how to install it. If you run into
any problems, be sure to check out the Resource
Links as there may be something helpful in there.
Direct any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org