Whats the best way to teach yourself HTML

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hi

I've been teaching myself HTML for the past couple of months now. It keeps me awake and stops me getting depressed while at work.

Whats the best way to teach yourself HTML. I find using a text editor (notepad) takes ages. I often use front page to create a basic shape then edit the script once I've done all the niggley bits.

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Welcome Jamal.

I've found, for myself at least, that I learn more by writing html from scratch.

I'd recommend you ditch notepad and get an editor with syntax highligting.

I like Crimson Editor

HTML-Kit is a nice editor as well.

Both are free.

This site has an excellent HTML tutorial:
http://tranchant.plus.com/web/html-tutorial/

Refer to this thread for some good html/css resources:
http://www.ozzu.com/website-design-forum/tag-called-div-t27560.html

Scroll down a bit to get to the good parts.
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Apparently Jrzrcrim has read my thoughts. I would also ditch notepad and use Crismon (or somthing like it, but I use Crimson). Its great that your learning HTML. Thats how I like to waste away the free hours, when I'm not on Ozzu! :lol:
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Hey Guru Joe, What's shakin'? 8)

Okay, it's time to break out the other list:


Quote:
jedit: http://www.jedit.org/
nedit: http://www.nedit.org/
netpadd: http://www.netpadd.com/
araneae: http://www.araneae.com/
1st page: http://www.evrsoft.com/
ezpad: http://www.mmedia.is/ezpad/
acehtml: http://freeware.acehtml.com/
notetab light: http://www.notetab.com/
tswebeditor: http://tswebeditor.net.tc/
html-kit: http://www.chami.com/html-kit/
pspad: http://www.pspad.com/index_en.html
websmill: http://www.xtreeme.com/websmill/
metapad: http://www.liquidninja.com/metapad/
quanta (linux): http://quanta.sourceforge.net/
notespad: http://www.newbie.net/NotesPad/index.html
grey matter pro: http://www.pagetutor.com/misc/grey.html
editpad lite: http://www.editpadlite.com/editpadlite.html
stones webwrite: http://www.webwriter.dk/english/index.htm
matizha sublime: http://www.matizha.com/en/products/sublime/
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Jim.......I mean, DANG. You know how to put out a list! :lol:

Oh, and unfortunatly nothing is shaking too well. Too tired from working!
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EEEK!!!!

Your forgot TextPad!!!

Textpad is my editor of choice: http://www.textpad.com/

If you want to actually learn HTML, you will never do so by using a WYSIWYG editor, even if you sometimes click on the source button and see what's happening under the hood.

It's like trying to learn your way around a new city by only taking taxi rides.

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Dreamweaver is pretty good. And HTML for dummies!
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A real good way to learn HTML is look at websites you like, and if you see some aspect of it that looks cool, that you would like to know how to do, view the souce to see how it was done, and then try to recreate it later or find tuts or info about it.
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Matrix Y2k, really nice program. once your done with html and want to learn some css, or javascript, php.... and so on this program does it all... ive been using it for hmm... 10 months or so.

http://www.crystalfibers.com/index.php?topicid=47
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The best way to learn html is to...

1) Learn the semantics. You can do so here: http://brainstormsandraves.com/articles ... structure/

after that...

2) Practice, practice, practice

There really isn't much to html once you have a basic understanding of the semantics of html and use it the way it's meant to be used (eg, p tag instead of 2 br's, h1 instead of font-size=+5, div with a border instead of a table with one tr and one td surrounded by a border, etc). The cheap hacks will confuse you, so learn the semantics and you'll be set. As I said, if you learn the basics of html and understand what the tags actually mean, the code will come easy and you'll be able to spend time on things that are actually worthwhile... like eating and sleeping. :)
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I didn't see anyone mention this...so I'll throw it out there...not my first choice...but you can walk into any bookstore in america and find a dozen books on HTML.

I agree w/ the posts above you can acumulate the same knowledge-base by searching the web, but some people find a step by step...chapter by chapter approach soothing to their learning needs.
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gsv2com wrote:
The best way to learn html is to...

1) Learn the semantics. You can do so here: http://brainstormsandraves.com/articles ... structure/


Thanks for that. I've been looking for this site and couldn't find it. A few months ago I stumbled upon that article on "Don't fake your markup", then I lost my bookmark.

Thanks Again.
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No problem. That link is pure gold. :)
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Learn by using it. If you periodically delve into html, then it will be a slow process, but if you are creating various sites, trying new techniques then your knowledge of the language will improve. Learn HTML, throw in some PHP or PERL and add a MySQL backend and you will be doing pretty good. Continue to learn and experiment. New techniques and ideas are constantly on the rise.

I started off with notepad, but now I use KWrite when I am in Linux, and I usually use UltraEdit when I am using a windows box.

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My initial learning was "copy cat" I saw somebody do something and I wanted to know how to do it, so I copied it. Then I wanted to learn it better and I picked up the book "Learn HTML 3.0 in 24 Hours" Yes, I did type that correctly -- it was awhile ago. After I got the basics, I just started reading everyone elses source code. Finally I got to the point where I actually just went to the w3 website and started studying the specification. That's where I really learned HTML. The specification is very hard to understand for a novice, but an intermediate level coder can take it and really learn from it.

But I think gsv2com gave the best advice:

"Practice, practice, practice"
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It's like learning to ride a bike. Once you've got it, you've got it. But in the beginning, training wheels (tutorials) certainly come in handy. :)

... Just make sure you've got quality training wheels or you're going to end up with bad habits.
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ATNO/TW wrote:
"Learn HTML 3.0 in 24 Hours"


Like, Oh My God, ATNO, you're... like.. old! :grim: :grim:

heh, just kidding. I started picking up HTML after viewing the source of the first webpage I ever saw... on Mosaic.

Does that make me old too? :scratchhead:

I'm only 21 (*cough* and 16/2 *cough*) years old!

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*sighs -- I remember Mosaic...*sighs again. I didn't have enough money to invest in Netscape when they went public *kicks himself.*
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Amen to that. Look on the bright side, you were smart enough to not invest in WebVan by the time they went public... right? =]

On a side note...
If WebVan didn't operate in your city... you missed out. I really loved their service, it's a shame they went out of business. It was their own pure greed and poor business sense that caused it, not a lack of customers nor a lack of interest in potential markets...

I wonder if they could be restarted... I really miss them =]

As there been a thread about "Favorite Failed .coms" yet? heh

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Carnix wrote:

As there been a thread about "Favorite Failed .coms" yet? heh

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Not that I recall.
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There should be =]

Although... I wonder how many on Ozzu were old enough to actually remember the .com era...

Sort of how I don't know anything about living in the 70s. I was alive then, but I sure wasn't paying attention to my surroundings. I wasn't really aware of the machinations of the world until, somewhere around 1987 or 88... Which is why I don't understand the facination with the 80s in general (ugly clothes, mostly bad music, lots of concaine... wooptie doo.)

I wonder what the mean age is around here.

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Carnix wrote:
I wonder what the mean age is around here.

I'd guess around 18.
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go to this url
http://vzone.virgin.net/sizzling.jalfrezi/iniframe.htm
listen to what the guy says
Learn
Oh and do what the others guys said
View-source
any time you find a web site that looks good see how they did it.
Thats how 95% of all webmasters learn HTML
hope this helps
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After viewing vzone's source code, all I can say is, "No thank you." :)
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this is wat i started off on learning html
there are minichapeters and i learned the basics in like under 24hours
http://www.davesite.com/webstation/html/chap01.shtml

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