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Old 08-17-2007, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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HTML can be learned...I mostly do copy and paste but to do a really good job of it, stay away from a wysiwyg editor. That's like learning to bake using an easy bake oven.

To learn more about hand coding (which is the best way) go to any of these web sites:

Tutorials for html/xhtml:

W3Schools
HTML Goodies - Home Page
Writing HTML
Lissa Explains it All (http://lissaexplains.com/ - broken link)
100 Do's and Don'ts in Web Design (broken link)
DotNetBips.com The .NET Knowledge Base
How to write HTML (http://www.lettice.net/tutorial - broken link)
html tutorial - free html tutorial - html and tutorial - basic html tutorial
HTML Guides HTML Tutorials HTML Help - Web Developers Network
EarthWeb.com The IT Industry Portal
Virtually Ignorant Web tutorials-- HTML tutorials, MouseOver tutorial
Plug-in FAQ
XHTML media type test - results
WebsiteTips.com
WebpageWorkshop

Specific Tutorials:

Frames Tutorial (this is a frames tutorial)
Bring on the tables 456 Berea Street (tables tutorial)
css Zen Garden The Beauty in CSS Design
ASP.NET (http://www.asp.net/Default.aspx?tabindex=0&tabid=1/ - broken link)
April A1 JavaScript(TM) Resources
CodeBrain.com - Tools Scripts for WebMasters - Java, JavaScript, and Perl
JavaScript Kit
JavaScript Search
Javascripts by Java-Scripts.net Free javascripts, tutorials, examples, and resources.
FlamingText Free online tool for generating custom webpage graphics and animations.
Hotscripts.com The nets largest PHP, CGI, Perl, JavaScript and ASP script collection (for almost any code)
The PHP Resource Index

These two offers free online classes.
XHTML 101 - Free HTML Course
Cascading Style Sheets 101


Buttons and Fonts

4YEO.com free original graphics, fonts, animated gifs
buttons
Digit Mania
Free fonts download - Acid Fonts
IconBAZAAR
Leo's Icon Archive - 10,000+ free icons

Colors and Mixers

ColorMaker
Colour Selector Page
Convert From RGB to Hex on a Windows Computer
Decimal RGB to Hex RBG Value Conversion Utility
Webmonkey Reference Color Codes (broken link)

Article on color choices:
Seeing Red

Two EXCELLENT programs to download for color are Pixie and colorbox:

Pixie (one of the two I can't live without)
Colorbox (this is the other one)


There are many HTML editor programs out there, paid and free..some are better than others.

One comes with every version of windows on the market. It's called Notepad. But that means you have to do it the HARD way, or the easy depending on your point of view. It DOES mean you do have to learn to write code and not depend on the computer to do it for you. And you CAN make mistakes. The beauty of writing your own code is that once it is up, it is YOURS, not someone elses creation.

So here goes the list of what I know is out there so far and I know others will add to the list:

Free editors:

NVU
Alleycode
WebTide Free Text Editor
MPSOFTWARE - Designed for you Free Personal version
CoffeeCup - HTML Editor
WebDwarf
FreeSerifSoftware
HTML-Kit
MAX's HTML Beauty++ 2004
Homepage of Crimson Editor
EditPad lite
Metapad
Araneae
First Page 2006

Of those, I use Notepad, which is build into the computer, 1st Page 2000 (Hardcore version), MPSOFTWARE (PHP Designer 2005).

I know there are others here on the forum who write their own code, what do you use?

Paid Editors:

Namo WebEditor6
Microsoft FrontPage
Dreamweaver MX 2004
Adobe GoLive
UltraEdit

I've been collecting for some time now. Liz
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Old 08-17-2007, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL and Vero Beach, Fl
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You are the best for putting all of these resources in one tidy location. Thank you.
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Right Click, View Source will be your best friend.
Also, never use MS Frontpage unless you want an 80% non compliant website. Dreamweaver (with the new CS3) is awsome. Though expensive.
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:27 PM
 
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never use MS Frontpage unless you want an 80% non compliant website
I agree.

I hand code but use a wysiwyg primarily for the line numbers. And to save it...not for anything else. And I sure as heck do NOT use FP. I wrote that list a couple of years ago altho I checked it this morning prior to posting to verify links, and I prefer using NVU more than any of the rest now. It will actually help me make it xhtml compliant.

There are also two Firefox extensions I like to use. One is HTML Validator and the other is Web Developer. Liz
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Old 08-19-2007, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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I was the only person in my college (ever) to take my HTML tests in Notepad, and I remember I finished 3rd or 4th quickest too. Its the best way to learn. As for hand coding now, I could do it but it is very impractical when youre updating up to 10 sites on a daily basis.

The Firefox tools are very good southern, I agree.
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:47 AM
 
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but it is very impractical when youre updating up to 10 sites on a daily basis.
That is true. However, you are very aware of what is UNDER the hood of your code because you DO know hand coding. Even if it is impractical. The simple fact that you do know it makes it easier for you to spot the mistakes if you need to pull it up and read it. Liz
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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HTML can be learned...I mostly do copy and paste but to do a really good job of it, stay away from a wysiwyg editor. That's like learning to bake using an easy bake oven.
Don't forget to use a validator when you're all done, also. :-)

The W3C Markup Validation Service

It's a nice way to make sure that your pages are actually following the formal standards.

I also like the following links:

100% hand coded HTML (broken link)
Viewable with Any Browser: Campaign
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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Don't forget to use a validator when you're all done, also. :-)

The W3C Markup Validation Service

It's a nice way to make sure that your pages are actually following the formal standards.
Thanks for the reminder...

Altho I can NOT tell you how frustrating it is to have just a few pieces not validating and NOT be able to fix it without crawling thru each bit and piece.

That's one reason I keep a wysiwyg editor around so I have the line numbers handy. I may not use it to code but it does help me find the offending code.

And NVU will help me straighten out my offending code. Liz
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Just sharing my list of favorite links for web building.


Tutorials


http://www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/html

HTML Made Really Easy

The Complete CSS tutorial

PageResource.com- by The Web Design Resource

Tizag Tutorials

Photoshop Tutorials and Flash Tutorials (http://www.tutorialized.com - broken link)

How To Build a Basic CSS Layout (http://www.isitebuild.com/css/css-layout.html - broken link)

Max Design - Sample CSS Page Layouts

Liquid CSS Layouts - Design Alternative to Table Based Websites

Mandarin Design. Web and Blog Design and Development

Advanced CSS Layouts: Step by Step - WebReference.com

Website Tools

SuperPages.com: Add Weather To Your Site

Keyword Selector Tool

Stockvault.net | Free Stock Photos & Free Images | Share and download

Color Blender

Color Schemer - Online Color Scheme Generator

Color Schemer | Free screen color picker from Color Schemer

TomaWeb - FREE Website Gif Button Generator

Spinwave GIFCruncher - WebReference.com

GIFWorks.com! Free Online GIF Tools

FavIcon from Pics -- how to create a favicon.ico for your website

Dynamic Drive- FavIcon Generator

Test your web design in different browsers - Browsershots - Browsershots

Free Banner Maker - Builder

BannerStar.com: Instant Banner Creation and Monitoring

The Banner Generator

QuickBanner - Online flash banner maker and animated banner design.

Design215 Whitespace Remover - Remove extra spaces and tabs

Breadcrumb PHP Class v. 2.4.2

Free Contact Form Scripts


Scripts & Programs: Free

GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program

Pegasus Mail

HTML Kit for more than editing HTML

Enersoft GmbH - SiteGenWiz

Scripts & Programs: Fee Based

Cute FTP Software - Try It, Buy It, Get Support

Lauren

Last edited by lauren4521; 08-24-2007 at 09:33 PM.. Reason: took out my own site tool links
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