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    Junior Member Weston Humphries's Avatar
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    Hello everyone, I have a couple questions.

    Firstly, i'm just starting out in my pursuit of web designing. I'm curious where the best source of information is that will teach me the basics in a logical manner. I want to learn how to do HTML and XHTML, CSS, and/or HTML5.

    I'm not sure which is better HTML4 or HTML5

    Also, i have plans to launch a website/domain name in a year or so. I am very geared towards learning this on my own time, and between my school schedule.

    Any tips or websites/books one might recommend to help me in my journey?

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    Http://w3schools.com is a good starting point to get ideas.

    Lots of tools and explanations of everything, good resource for reference too if your just starting out

    Not every browser supports every HTML5 tag, so focus on the basics, once you have a good solid understanding of HTML, then you can start working on advanced stuff.

    Trends are pointing most designers in the proper usage of XHTML and CSS, and you can do pretty much everything crossbrowser with that and a dash of JavaScript.

    Jquery if you want more advanced interactivity.

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    Like Webzarus said, start with XHTML and basic CSS and work up from there. After that, work into HTML5. HTML5 accepts XHTML syntax, so the transition will be easy.
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    Junior Member Weston Humphries's Avatar
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    Is it rudimentary or inefficient of me to type HTML out myself, or would you guys recommend the usage of Dreamweaver and Microsoft fireworks together?

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    Starting out, notepad, notepad++ or any free editor.

    Once you have learned the basics so you can do it by hand and have decided that this is something you really want to to, the investment in high price software may be worth it, but I never recommend wysiwyg software that cost hundreds of dollars to anyone just starting out.

    You may get a couple of weeks into it and decide this really isn't something you want to do anymore.

    If you wanna try a wysiwyg editor, komposer is a free one that will give you a basic editor and the ability to bounce back and forth between code and design view with syntax checking and highlighting. As with any wysiwyg editors it has it's limitations and tends to bloat code when running in design view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston Humphries, post: 229412
    Is it rudimentary or inefficient of me to type HTML out myself, or would you guys recommend the usage of Dreamweaver and Microsoft fireworks together?
    HELL no! It's more efficient to type it out by hand than to use tools like Dr*amw*av*r. Your code will be cleaner, which is a standalone argument for hand coding it.

    You'll also gain a better grounding of code, which will make it easier for you to solve code problems as time goes by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston Humphries, post: 229412
    Is it rudimentary or inefficient of me to type HTML out myself, or would you guys recommend the usage of Dreamweaver and Microsoft fireworks together?
    DO NOT start with dreamweaver. A lot of people do that and never actually learn anything because they are satisfied with dreamweaver doing almost everything for them. I know someone who did this... and well hes using it for a year now without doing any real XHTML and CSS. NOT a good way to start in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264, post: 229472
    HELL no! It's more efficient to type it out by hand than to use tools like Dr*amw*av*r. Your code will be cleaner, which is a standalone argument for hand coding it.

    You'll also gain a better grounding of code, which will make it easier for you to solve code problems as time goes by.
    Lol I didn't see ur post. Am I late?
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    Junior Member Weston Humphries's Avatar
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    I am looking to get into the web designing business. I am passionate about computers and creating a website for my personal dreams and hobbies. I want to make it an informative website where people can go to get help.


    Anyways, can someone give me a few links so i can start teaching myself the basics and experimenting with them?

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