This book assumes you don't have anything more than a reasonably up-to-date computer and raw ambition . Although there are dozens of high- powered Web editing programs to help you build a Web site, you don't need one to use this book. In fact, if you use a Web editor before you understand how Web sites work, you're liable to create more problems than you solve. That's because, as helpful as these programs are, they shield you from learning all the Web design nitty-gritty that can sometimes be the difference between an okay-looking Web site and a fantastic-looking one.
Once you master the basics, you're welcome to use a fancy Web page editor like FrontPage or Dreamweaver. You'll learn how these two leading programs work and you'll see a great free (!) alternativein Chapter 4.