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Even more, simply reading just doesn't do the job in my experience -- you need to be actually building some HTML pages. Just pick a topic you care about, grab some free server space, and start in. We have a special forum here for people who are New To Web Development [webmasterworld.com] and you can get some good help there when you hit a rough spot.
I'd also suggest that everyone - in particualr leaners - steer clear of all (so called) WYSIWYG [google.com] editors and use a simple text editor instead
Notepad is installed on all Windows machines
Other than that, it's the same as Notepad in that it WON'T add/correct/mangle any code whatsoever - a What You Write Is What You Get editor ;)
If you feel like reading, a very quick skim over the principles of separating content (html) and presentation (using CSS) [w3schools.com] might give you a sense of the direction the www world is going
As for grabbing some free server space... that could be, IMHO, unnecessary at the very start. Instead, you could simply view your work on your local browser - if you have an html file loaded in SCiTE, hitting the F5 key (on a PC) will load the file in your default browser :)
Start at the start, take it one step at a time, and remember to eat/drink/sleep/etc.
[edited by: tedster at 5:24 am (utc) on July 10, 2007]
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Anyhoo....I may be offered a job with a company that builds and supports websites for Realtors! And although I let them know that HTML was a weakness they may want to hire me. Any ideas on the going rate of Content Writers (I get $30.00 Hrly at present) and Webmasters....no too vague...Um People who write HTML? Have not a clue. And just in case your wondering, yes I have been under a rock for two years. But I am reading reading reading here at webmasterworld and just think this is an awesome and diffenitly my new niche! Im joining the ranks boys so watch out! I may be old but not out!
The lingo you guys write in is a bit perplexing ie Bernard says "Strewth" What is that? and Lava says "IMHO" I want to start a website dictionary for catchy slang used on the internet.
Since I'm here... "Strewth" - an Australian exclamation of surprise, as in "Strewth mate, where's the beers?!" (so not really internet slang!). "IMHO" - In My Humble Opinion. Whenever I need to look something up, I always seem to end up at this wiki: List of Internet Slang Phrases [en.wikipedia.org]
Just to reiterate Bernard's post... a 10 year old book on DHTML could only end up confusing. Whilst some content may still be valid, there will be chunks which certainly aren't! But if it's all new then how do you know?! I have an old book on DHTML (not sure if it's 10 years old though!) and its got chapters on Netscape and Layers - don't even go there (unless you are teaching history)!
:) -smiley face-