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Part I: Your First Web Page > Understanding HTML and XML - Pg. 2

2 Chapter 1. Understanding HTML and XML Before you begin creating your own Web pages with HTML, you need a little background knowledge about what Web pages are, how to view and edit them, and what you can expect to achieve with them. This hour provides a quick summary of those basics, and some practical tips to make the most of your time as a Web page author and publisher. To Do Here's a review of what you need to do before you're ready to use the rest of this book. 1. Get a computer. I used a Windows 98 computer to create the figures in this book, but you can use any Windows, Macintosh, or UNIX machine to create your Web pages. The speed of the computer itself doesn't matter much for accessing Web pages, but the speed of the computer's modem or network interface card (NIC) should be at least 28.8Kbps, and faster is better. If you are buying a new modem, be sure it's compatible with the V.90 56Kbps standard. Get a connection to the Internet. You can either dial up an Internet service provider 2.