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HTML for Dummies: 13-Year-Old Girl Creates Web Site to Explain Language of the InternetAired June 30, 2000 - 2:55 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Teenagers with Web sites are about as common nowadays as Britney Spears CDs. But the girl you're about to meet has a Web site that may really floor you.
LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Well, she's only 13 years old, but she knows the Web and she knows how to describe what's going on to even moms and dads who can learn a little something.
Here's CNN technology correspondent Marsha Walton.
MARSHA WALTON, CNN TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Like a lot of teenagers, Alyssa Daniels is hanging out with her friends this summer, swimming, checking out a computer show, working on her Web site -- not just any Web site. How many hits does she get?
ALYSSA DANIELS, WEB DESIGNER: Five-hundred-thousand a month.
WALTON (on camera): Say that again.
DANIELS: Half a million. Right now, I have it in English and French, and I'm translating it into Spanish. I'm having some people help me with that.
WALTON (voice-over): The site unlocks the secrets of HTML, the language of the Internet.
DANIELS: I noticed that I had a really hard time learning HTML because there was no HTML help sites out there. So I decided to make one.
WALTON: She explains the code that creates the animations, the text and the colors of a Web page.
DANIELS: So if you wanted blue text, you would look and you would find, like, 00CCFF and put that number and -- those numbers and letters into the code, and it turns your text blue.
WALTON: Alyssa's school environment is unique. It's in Celebration, Florida, a high-tech city created by Disney.
DANIELS: Celebration is really different. It's like a real community. Everyone knows everyone.
WALTON: Her teacher says that's what the Internet is making possible for the global community.
SCOTT MURI, TECHNOLOGY TEACHER: When I was growing up, my circle of communication were those people that lived right around me. Alyssa is -- she communicates with people around the world.
WALTON: While she's not yet one of those dot.com billionaires, the banner ads that sponsor her site are lucrative.
DANIELS: I'm making a lot for a 13-year-old.
WALTON: So what's the secret of a great Web site?
DANIELS: It has to be an original idea. That's what makes you or breaks you, really. You should always try something new, and this is definitely new to a lot of people.
WALTON: Because, sometimes, the only way to get something done is to jump into the deep end.
Marsha Walton, CNN, Atlanta.
WATERS: And you can check out Alyssa on the Web. Maybe you'll learn something. Here's the address: www.lissaexplains.com.
ALLEN: And note that's "Lissa" with two "S"s. Good for her.
WATERS: That's computer language.
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