Where do I start?

Hi there,

Sorry for the most likely stupid question, but where the heck should I start with all this? I took a course at another site called Web Design Fundamentals, which was admittedly a bit out of date. The suggested essentials were a short list that included HTML, but since then it looks as though there have been several reincarnations of HTML.

I have access to a couple of courses covering, HTML, XHTML, and HTML5 - should I take all of them? If so where do I start? If not, which is essential for coding in today’s web environment? I’d rather not spend the time learning outdated technology that’s no longer in use.

Thanks in advance for any advice! :slight_smile:

well, I think you have to move with XHTML because it’s cross-browser supported and also mobile browser supported language. you can learn little more about it from w3schools.com

For your kind information, you have to use CSS with XHTML to fly in today’s web environment!

Best of luck.

Start with HTML4 strict and CSS2.1 - the HTML5 and CSS 3 standards are still under development and mostly just add features to what is available in the current standard versions anyway.

No, XHTML is NOT supported across different browsers. IE9 is the first version of IE to support it - that’s right, even IE8 completely fails to read XHTML.

Sure, you can fool the browser and yourself by writing in XHTML but then serving it as HTML, but that is a complete waste of time and effort - you gain absolutely nothing by doing that, and you set yourself up for a potential world of pain if you make a single typo anywhere.

HTML 4.01 Strict is the obvious language to use, because it is fully supported by every browser released within the last 12 years. It’s too early to start using HTML 5 on a general public website, and while some authors are starting to use certain aspects (eg form validation), to be honest you’re better off really getting to grips with 4.01S first, before thinking about 5.

you can learn little more about it from w3schools.com

Yes, and emphasis on the “little”.

Or, if you want a site that is genuinely accurate (which w3schools often isn’t), you could do worse than our very own SitePoint CSS Reference.

Only if you are creating web pages for the 20th Century.

The two guys who created that site have fallen way behind in updating it for all the changes that have been introduced over the past 10 years.

You would do far better to learn from a site that is supporfted by a bigger organisation than just two people - eg. http://webdesign.about.com (part of the New York Times collection of web sites).