Ladies and gentlemen we're here at the Vincent morgue with coroner, Jim Lane, who has agreed to show us an HTML body and discuss the meanings of various "body tags."

Good morning, Dr. Lane, tell me, why is it all the bodies are kept in these drawers that look like file cabinets?

Because they ARE files. They all end with the letters ".htm" or ".html"

I see. This one looks particularly gruesome, and it seems to have a rather complicated body tag. I know what
It means this file has a bloody background. That tag refers to a jpg image, always indicated within quotation marks. It's usually quite small (and quick to load). It gets repeated again and again over the entire background of the page. The image must be stored in the same file as the HTML file. It's a way to depart from the standard solid color, perhaps in creating a mood, making the page more interesting. This one is VERY interesting indeed...type B-positive I'd say.

That's a very positive outlook.

Thank you.

You're welcome. And the next one, BGCOLOR="", what does that mean?

Absolutely nothing.


Right, in this case, with nothing between the quotes, it means absolutely nothing. You see, if there wasn't a background used here (we call it wallpaper), there would be color such as "blue" or a hexi-decimal color indicator between the quotes that would set the overall background tint for the page. You can tell hexi-decimal indicators, they begin with the "#" sign.


Not really.

The next tag inside the same brackets reads TEXT="#804000" what does that mean?

It means the text on this page is gonna be damn hard to read on a blood red background. Here, we better change it to TEXT="black"...not great but easier to read and understand than the hexi-decimal code, which before indicated a brown text in this case. With hexi-decimal code, you have to look up each color you want on a chart or use some complicated piece of software...very messy...very messy indeed.

Yes, so it would appear. And the next one is LINK="#FF8040" another hexi-decimal code I take it?

Very gooodd! This one indicates the text color of a link from this page to another page. Hmmm...very interesting...that hexi-decimal indicates orange...on blood red wallpaper...could have been the cause of death...invisible links...make a note of that...gotta watch your link colors when using wallpaper.

I see. And this one, VLINK="#808000"?

AHA! Just as I suspected, "#808000" indicates RED--INVISIBLE LINKS! VLINK is the color the link changes to when it's in use, an ACTIVE link as we in the profession call it.

Don't yell.


And this last one, ALINK="#ff0000"?

That's just a visited link...the color the text changes to after ya been there, done that, so to speak.

And finally you end it all with a /BO.DY> tag?

Only if you want a totally empty page.

I beg your pardon?

The /BO.DY> tag goes AFTER all the page content. Here we merely use a ">" to close this particular tag setting the page colors.

Fascinating. So the whole tag reads: . Tell me, Dr. Lane, have you come to any conclusions following your autopsy?

Yes, well, as I said before, the victim died of invisible on red, orange on red, a deadly combination. And I also know who the KILLER was too!

Really! Who?

A color-blind HTML writer!

(Gasp!) Well, there you have it. Tune in again next time folks when Dr. Lane will investigate IMAGES!!!