WebTV's PageBuilder Introduction

Welcome to the School of HTML's WebTV PageBuilder tutorial. The PageBuilder is a great tool if you're learning html for the first time, if you want to create a quick page without going through the hassles of writing your own code or for housing specific pages that conform well to the PageBuilder form.

Before building your PageBuilder page, there are some things you need to keep in mind.

I am going to assume that you have some idea of the basics. You know where your PageBuilder file is located, you know what the scrapbook is and you have initialized it. If you are having problems initializing your scrapbook, feel free to contact me and I'll try to help you out.

One of the most common mistakes that users make is trying to get the URL of an image saved in their scrapbook without having placed it on a page first. This cannot be done. If you try to use an image, transload an image, or use any of the Web Tools on said image without having first placed it on its own page, it WILL NOT WORK!

Placing a scrapbook image on a PageBuilder Page

  1. Go to your PageBuilder Index and click on CREATE
  2. Choose the background of your choice.
  3. Click on Add an Item
  4. Click on From Scrapbook
  5. Scroll through your images until you come to the one that you want and click on it. It will take you to the editing screen. If you want to know the URL of this image, click on VIEW and the status bar will display this image's identification.
  6. Click on DONE
  7. This will take you back to your CREATE screen. Once you've added all the images that you want on that page (I suggest limiting it to no more than 24. Any more than that and you'll have huge loading problems.) click on PUBLISH
  8. When prompted, put in your file name and click through until you reach the end of the prompts.
Your PageBuilder page is now published and these images can be used to do whatever you need to do.

Another huge problem in using the PageBuilder is placement of text and images on the pages. Because you are working within the confines of tables, your normal alignment codes will not work. A common mistake that many people make is to simply try and close the table before starting. If you do that, your code will end up confusing PCs and will create multiple validation errors. Here are some suggestions for overcoming the PageBuilder table problem.

Alignment of text and images using PageBuilder

To recap a few important things regarding alignment within the PageBuilder tables:
  1. The PageBuilder has a preset alignment and is not 100% of the page.
  2. Each Add an Item contains a <<>table><<>tr> and <<>td> preprogrammed into it.
  3. You can add html fragments to any of the "text" boxes.
  4. If using the HEADING to center your information, please note that you may have trouble with the font sizing and may need to make some manual adjustments.
For a complete tutorial on PageBuilder alignment visit http://community-1.webtv.net/Pwilliamandx/centeri ng/ - you will find a detailed explanation with examples and code violations. It is excellent.

Links to PageBuilder Tools and Tutorials

Gen. PB Info WebTV PageBuilder HelpScrapbook Uploader
PB Transloading TutorialScrapbook LoaderFreeloaders
Warpspeed WebScissors Owens4 Tools
Star Boulevard Web FX URLs for scrapbook images

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