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8:52 pm on Jul 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This seems like a great forum to serve as a "landing pad" for a person new to Web Development.

I am studying two texts at the present time.. Elizabeth Castro's "Visual QuickStart Guide to HTML, XHTML & CSS" as well as Michael Morrison's "HTML & CSS in 24 Hours"

I like them both...today I will be studying "Tables" in Morrison's text

My interest in Web Development was piqued by outdated software in the "bargan bin" at Staples.. I wanted to learn Microsoft Office 2003 & there was also coursework on "Web Development" in there...

..there was even a "Web Design Fundamentals" course along with the two HTML courses, DreamWeaver, Flash MX 2004,Digital Photography, PhotoShop CS2 & FrontPage....

..not very comprehensive stuff-- but certainly enough to whet my appetite to learn more.

I'm going to purchase "Web Design Basics for Dummies" and then go to the "Review My Site" section of this forum to see if I can observe how the more experienced posters reinforce what I am studying in the textbook.

Best wishes to all of you

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Sandman, you've come to the right place. The resources here are incredible, and I've learned a lot over the last year. I had a website (academic) for about 13 years, but never really bothered learning much about HTML, CSS, etc (Dreamweaver was good enough). Then last year I decided that it would be fun to actually try to monetize a part of that site that got a lot of traffic.

The experiment was a success thanks in large part to what I've learned here. Those things include some HTML and CSS, but most importantly I learned a lot about how search engines work, how AdSense works, and got introduced to content management systems. There are many real experts here that willingly share their knowledge.

Good luck!

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld Sandman!
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Thank you both for the kind words... I'll update my progress in this thread
9:54 pm on July 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld Sandman Hanover!

I always enjoy seeing those Hello everyone titles. :)

Looks like you are going to have your hands full, eh?

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Indeed... I most surely will "have my hands full"... These two textbooks are only a beginning.

The intermediate texts come next..and I do not intend on doing anything more than lightly exploring them until i feel fairly grounded in the FUNDAMENTALS textbooks

There is no hurry... My present job is 6 days a week so I must ensure that I am well-rested before studying my HTML... I put in about 2 45-minute sessions each day.

Thanks for the encouragement... as I move along in my education AS EVIDENCED BY more intelligent postings-- please feel free to offer me advice, correct me if I am in error, or gently steer me to the right track if I seem to be veering off.

Cheers & best wishes

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welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com], Sandman Hanover!
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Welcome to WebmasterWorld :)

I sure hope we will be able to speed you on your learning track.

Mack.

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Thank you, phranque for the hyperlink to the guidelines and thanks also to mack for introducing himself to me as the moderator of this forum.

I went through most of Morrison's "Tables" chapter which precedes his intro to CSS.... going to take a look at what Castro has to say in her Visual QuickStart Book about "Tables"

Then I'll probably "drop back ten yards & punts" as we Yanks say in the game of American Football and hit the w3schools site to make sure I've digested the material I've covered up to this point.

Again, good to meet you MODs and thanks to all for the kind words

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Sandman Hanover, you could not have picked a better community. Welcome to WebmasterWorld.

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w3schools site to make sure I've digested the material I've covered up to this point.

You may want to include the W3C in your list...

HTML 4.01 Specification
[w3.org...]

HTML 5 Draft Recommendation 28 July 2008
[whatwg.org...]

It looks like they posted updates to the HTML 5 Draft yesterday. Got some reading to do myself. See ya over there Sandman_Hanover!

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Thank you, Marshall.. I too am pleased to have met the Internet-equivalent of your aquaintance.

I am at a very exciting stage as I get ready to go into Chapter 12 of the book which introduces CSS.

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Thanks for the GREAT links, pageoneresults... I just purchased a web-site ripper and I will definitely download those two sites for viewing offline
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I'm downloading the current posts in the whatwg HTML 5 forums now with my new offline browser/ripper... I have the inexpensive version so it takes quite a while to download it all