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    I'm new to the boards so I hope this is an appropriate place to post this...
    I'm new to the web design field from a program language standpoint. I have done a lot of graphics and layout in programs like Flash and FP etc, and know how HTML works. I'm still learning the coding side of things (i.e. I don't have all the tags memorized heh), and plan on studying hard until I have the majority of it down.
    Could someone please tell me where the best place to start is and a good order based on the following....
    HTML - DHTML - XHTML - XML - Javascript - CSS - PHP/SQL - ASP - ETC....
    If anyone could just throw those in a good example order of start here and end here then I would be very thankful.

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    Well HTML is the basis of all websites so thats a good place to start. My recommended order would be this:

    1. HTML/XHTML
    2. CSS
    3. Javascript
    4. DHTML (using javascript to manipulate CSS properties)
    5. XML/XSL
    6. PHP

    Thats my opinion anyway, Im sure lots of people would disagree.

    Aphonik.

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    Thanks Aphonik, exactly what I needed, since I don't know what I'm dealing with it's great to see what you suggest, I'm sure it's good advise otherwise you wouldn't have wasted the time to respond....

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    I mainly agree.

    The main emphasis being on HTML and CSS.

    I think XML would be a more logical step from those two, and then you could branch off into the heavy duty world of Javascript (and Actionscript for Flash) and PHP etc.

    But definitely HTML and then CSS. I`d recommend buying the latest Peachpit book on HTML, as they are very well written... a great way to learn. Plenty of other good books out there as well though, so get what you feel comfortable with. I know you can get all the info on the net... but it`s SO much easier to learn when you`re learning from the one source and it`s right there in your hand.

    Good luck!

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    HTML - DHTML - XHTML - XML - Javascript - CSS - PHP/SQL - ASP - ETC....
    html,Xhtml - almost the same thing just Xhtml is more strict
    Dhtml - useing css and javascript with html to make it dynamic
    eg:
    HTML Code:
    <img onmouseover="this.src='img2' onmouseout="this.src='img1'" src="img1" />
    as a simple rollover
    xml is the language xhtml is written on uses the same format as html but is more flexable in syntax
    javascript is a user side scripting language for validating, dynamic effects and more.
    css helps layout pages
    php is a server side scripting language capable of things like writeing forums eg this one:
    PHP Code:
    <?include('header.php');?>
    a simple include statement
    sql - this is for databases
    asp like php is server side
    learn in the order you listed them do a search grab scripts ect this will help
    Thee Pyro Wolf

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    Pyrodragon, your order confuses me:

    XHTML is the new web standard so there is not much point in learning HTML standards then relearning it to XHTML standards

    You cannot learn DHTML if you dont already know css, and you have put CSS later on in the order.

    There is nothing to learn in XML, its just a bunch of tags you have made up yourself. It is XSL you need to learn to format the XML into something meaningful.

    Aphonik

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aphonik
    XHTML is the new web standard so there is not much point in learning HTML standards then relearning it to XHTML standards
    You must learn to crawl before you learn to walk.

    I would also say to learn HTML, then XHTML

    Then CSS and Javascript.

    If you're thinking of doing some programming, learn PHP and ASP
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    I disagree. Learn XHTML and then learn HTML if you want. There's no point in learning HTML first as its non-XML syntax is being phased out and is deprecated by the W3C.
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