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HTML and CSS: An Absolute Beginner's Guide
SUBMITTER Posted by editor (19) | 2007-09-22 21:38:01
HTML and CSS: An Absolute Beginner's Guide

So, you're ready to take the plunge and begin to learn how to build your own web pages and sites? Fantastic! We've got quite a ride ahead, so I hope you're feeling adventurous.

Before you dive in and start to build your web site, we need to take a little time to get your computer set up and ready for the work that lies ahead. That's what this section is all about: ensuring that you have all the tools you need installed and ready to go.

This information is an excerpt from my newly-released SitePoint book, Build Your Own Web Site The Right Way Using HTML & CSS. In the following pages, I'll show you how to set up your computer -- be it PC or Mac -- so that you're ready to build a site.

Then, we'll meet XHTML and walk through the details of how to structure a web page correctly. In the process, we'll play around with elements, comments, and symbols, and we'll talk about the concept of nesting. It might sound complex, but it's not! In fact, by the end of that discussion, you'll have a working web page that displays text, links, an image and even a quote!

Finally, we'll turn to the topic of Cascading Style Sheets, which we'll use to change the way elements of your web page look. We'll discuss the different ways in which you can use styles to control the way your page looks before creating our own .css file and using it -- as well as tools like selectors and spans -- to spruce up our web page's headings, text, and so on.

Don't worry if some of these terms are unfamiliar -- this excerpt, like the book itself, assumes that you have no knowledge about building web pages. The information I'll present here basically comprises the first three chapters of the book -- later chapters go on to show you how to build forms, optimize graphics for the Web, publish your site, and soup it up with plug-in tools such as blogs, image galleries, and more -- the Table of Contents has all the details.

But now, let's start to set up your computer so that you're ready to build your first web page. Don't forget: you can grab these instructions in PDF format if you'd like to save them for reading offline.

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