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- Doug Laidlaw
September 7, 2006, 5:01 am
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I picked up HTML from books and online tutorials about 10 years ago. I have
a working knowledge of CSS from articles, but I still feel more comfortable
with tables and text-type HTML editors. My usual HTML editor is NVU, but
more often than not, I will go to its source tab and edit the markup
I have two Web sites:
http://www.douglaidlaw.net/boykett/ that I am currently working on;
http://members.iinet.net.au/~tomlai1/ - my early efforts.
Both are probably "horrible" by professional standards.
Can anybody recommend a suitable book I could use as a reference manual
without going into "bells and whistles"? I am not interested in Flash,
only the occasional animated GIF. I looked into the 3d motion-effect
programs, but they are too much work and probably browser dependent, and
they are simply unnecessary for my needs.
If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into
Re: Need a good text
Doug Laidlaw wrote:
There's only one - the W3C HTML specification itself.
For CSS then the W3C site is useful, but hard to read. So Lie & Bos CSS
book is my favoured guide here, plus various web resources on IE errors
and the subtleties of positioning.
If you wanted a from-scratch tutorial I'd recommend the "Head First"
books. The style is odd though and they really need to be read at least
a chapter at a time, rather than dipped into.
Re: Need a good text
Basically their are only a few things you need to remember when
designing a website:
Remove ANYTHING unnecessary - ESPECIALLY animated gifs - they can kill a
Does it get your point across?
Is it accessible for impaired readers?
Does the style match for each text/page/section?
Is it easy on the eye?
Is it easily to navigate?
That is usually the things I'm thinking when designing the layout of a site.
What I notice when I visit your site is that each page looks totally
separated - their is no common style between them. Two pages could be
from different sites.
I hope I have imported good wisdom and I'm entirely up for criticism if
you think I haven't :D