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    Best Places to Start, Help a Beginner

    I am starting to learn HTML and don't really know any good sites or books or whatever, to start learning from. If anyone can throw a few links at me I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Talking Re: Best Places to Start, Help a Beginner

    My first book on the subject was "Creative Webpage Design" which was a pretty good introduction to the subject. Unfortunately, that's about all it is. My next book was "HTML Complete", which is a relatively inexpensive compendium of pretty well everything to do with web designing, and a pretty good reference as well. Everything else I refer to is online.
    As far as web resources for tutorials and such, have you gone through the ones available here at AHFB?http://www.ahfb2000.com/html.php And you can get a good primer on Cascading Style Sheets http://css.somepeople.net/
    If you go through those and want more, I can't think of a better place (offhand) than the tutorials at http://www.w3schools.com/default.asp . They also provide exellent reference material.
    A few words of encouragement: Learn by doing. Avoid falling into bad habits (ie. alot of tutorials use uppercase for HTML tags. The most up to date standards require lower case.....do youself a favour and use them now. ) When you're visiting a site you like, click "view", then "source" on your menu bar and check out how it was done. Start simple, then build on it.
    Most important.........come back here with any questions. We're glad to oblige.
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    Re: Best Places to Start, Help a Beginner

    This is what I would like to accomplish:

    http://homepage.mac.com/zionswrath/.Pictures/What-I-want-to-do.png

    Please help me out.

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    ZionsWrath

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    Re: Best Places to Start, Help a Beginner

    Here is a little code to get you started, of course it will mean little to you unless you look at the table tutorials

    HTML Code:
    <html>
    <head>
    your head contents here
    </head>
    <body>
    <table width="100%" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0">
    <tr><td colspan="3" width="100%">logo here</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td width="20%" valign="top">
    left contents here (may even include a table)
    </td>
    <td width="60%" valign="top">
    center contents here (may even include a table)
    </td>
    <td width="20%" valign="top">
    right contents here (may even include a table)
    </td>
    </tr>
    </table>
    </body>
    </html>
    Dave

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    Re: Best Places to Start, Help a Beginner

    Quote Originally Posted by ZIonsWrath
    This is what I would like to accomplish:

    http://homepage.mac.com/zionswrath/.Pictures/What-I-want-to-do.png
    I've often thought it would be interesting if a site looked like it was drawn *reehand. Too bad CSS borders don't have a random width attribute, something like border-width:2px-4px;border-edge:1px-2px;border-style:wax-crayon;border-color:"glitter gel stick" #0000ff
    Maybe in CSS 3 or 4?

    Tables is the way to start. Take your time, make one change at a time.
    A good exercise is to make the page you want in tables, put whatever content in it you want, experiment with CSS to style it the way you want,and when you get the hang of it, try it all over again using CSS positioning.

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    Re: Best Places to Start, Help a Beginner

    Many thanks Dave.

    That is EXACTLY what I wanted to do. Now after I learn some more HTML I will start putting the site together. =]

    Best Regards,
    ZionsWrath

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    Thanks also go out to Android.



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