Sunday, May 21, 2017

IF you are in Firefox and want to see what the coding looks like on that specific page

First go to "Tools" at the top of your page and click on it. now go down to where it says "Web Developer" which should come up in a window there".

Next click "Page Source" just above "get more tools".

This should allow you to see the HTML or whatever variation of HTTP is working displaying that page.

IF you have never looked at HTML  "Hypertext Markup Language" before it is quite an education in online programming. What you are looking at is exactly what displays the exact page you are looking at. In doing this you begin to understand how each web page is constructed.

I realized today that HTML was the first language used on the Internet. But now, they say HTTP which means Hyper text Transfer Protocol. This allows many different but compatible languages to be used within a protocol. First you have TCP/IP which is an international  translator of all computers that go online worldwide. Then within that framework you also have HTTP which means Hyper Text Transfer Protocol which is another level of translator that can translate all the variations of HTML created at that time when you are doing this. As more and more HTML types of languages are created over time the HTTP will become more and more important regarding everything online.

Here are some tools to understand all this better if you are interested:
  1. Web results:
  1. Http - Mozilla Developer Network

    Showing 1-3 of 1365 documents
    Mozilla Developer Network
    • HTTP

      in Glossary/HTTP
      HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) is the basic protocol that enables file transfer on the Web. HTTP is textual (all...
    • HTTP

      in Web/HTTP
      Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-layer protocol for transmitting hypermedia documents, such as HTML.
    • Creating Sandboxed HTTP Connections

      in Mozilla/Creating_sandboxed_HTTP_connections
      Starting with Gecko 1.8.1 (Firefox 2), it is possible to create sandboxed HTTP connections which don't affect the user's...
  2. Hypertext Transfer Protocol - Wikipedia
    The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application protocol for distributed, collaborative, and hypermedia information systems. HTTP is the ...
  3. HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol Overview
    Now that both HTTP extensions and HTTP/1.1 are stable specifications (RFC2616 at that time), W3C has closed the HTTP Activity. An effort to revise HTTP/1.1 started in ...
  4. What is HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)? - Definition from ...
    HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is the set of rules for transferring files (text, graphic images, sound, video, and other multimedia files) on the World Wide Web.
  5. Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) -
    HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-layer protocol used primarily on the World Wide Web. HTTP uses a client-server model where the web browser is the ... 

    I first started studying computer programming with Fortran and Cobol in 1966 in college.

    I found Fortran more easy to understand because it reminded me a lot of Algebra in High School and Junior High. Since I enjoyed Algebra a lot I also excelled in Fortran. Cobol was somewhat different. Fortran is more about getting mathematical results and Cobol was more about getting business results at the time.

    Over time I learned the Basic Language and taught this to my children so they could program their own video games growing up in the 1980s. Eventually I studied and taught myself HTML somewhat mostly to learn how to display text. Over time I learned more and more.

    The way I started I'm not sure you can exactly do now. Each succeeding generation of operating systems seems to make it harder and harder for people to learn to program their computers themselves which I find very sad because it used to be really fun in the 1980s programming your own programs and running them on your computer in the 1970s and 1980s.

    I started teaching myself http by taking a screen grab of a yahoo page around 1995 or so and modifying the http to see what different things did and then running it. So, I started changing colors and text in this way. So, I could observe (just on my own computer) what different elements did when the new page was displayed that I had modified.

    For me, at the time this was great fun and I started learning what worked and what didn't work in HTML

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