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Old Nov 23rd, 2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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10 HTML Tips for Beginners

Here are 10 HTML tips and tricks for newbies. If you're just starting out with building your Web pages, these techniques should be very useful to you!

1. Always close your HTML tags
2. Style HTML using style sheets wherever possible
3. Use an HTML validator
4. Use HTML comments wisely
5. Embedding images in HTML
6. Use widths and heights with HTML images
7. Non-breaking spaces in HTML
8. Use tables for tabular data, CSS for layout
9. Creating empty table cells
10. The spacer GIF trick
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Old Dec 24th, 2010, 7:15 AM   #2
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Re: 10 HTML Tips for Beginners

Here are some more tips:

-Always Close Your Tags
-Declare the Correct DocType
-Never Use Inline Styles
-Consider Placing Javascript Files at the Bottom.
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Old Dec 24th, 2010, 2:04 PM   #3
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Re: 10 HTML Tips for Beginners

Here's a better tip: get Expression Web or Dreamweaver which lets you do any of those tasks in half the time with half the headache. Both programs offer "auto tag closing", automatic doctype declaration, HTML validation, CSS validation, etc. No one uses tables for layout anymore anyway; we've evolved to <div> and <span>, not to mention the new layout tools in HTML5.

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Inline styles can be useful when used right. Don't declare something an absolute your teacher once told you in your introductory web design class. Get some real world experience working on commercial web projects before you say never use inline styles.
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Old Dec 25th, 2010, 2:19 AM   #4
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Re: 10 HTML Tips for Beginners

There are 4 main elementary sections in HTML as follows
1. HTML section
2. HEAD section
3. TITTLE section
4. BODY section
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Old Dec 29th, 2010, 8:24 PM   #5
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Re: 10 HTML Tips for Beginners

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Here's a better tip: get Expression Web or Dreamweaver which lets you do any of those tasks in half the time with half the headache. Both programs offer "auto tag closing", automatic doctype declaration, HTML validation, CSS validation, etc. No one uses tables for layout anymore anyway; we've evolved to <div> and <span>, not to mention the new layout tools in HTML5.
Couple questions regarding this:
1. Do most commercial web developers use these or handwritten code?
2. Is there a popular free one that I can use?

Thanks!
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Old Dec 29th, 2010, 8:59 PM   #6
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2. Is there a popular free one that I can use?
I used Ubuntu Linux OS for a while and they had a bunch of great applications that are free for web design and codeing, everything is also open source code. Not sure for Windows about a great free program, maybe download.com and look for a free version on there, or can test a trail copy out of Dreamweaver or something like that, and reinstall it every 30 days or whenever the trail time runs out
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Old Dec 29th, 2010, 11:23 PM   #7
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Re: 10 HTML Tips for Beginners

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Couple questions regarding this:
1. Do most commercial web developers use these or handwritten code?
2. Is there a popular free one that I can use?

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1. Yes, most commercial web developers use either this or Adobe Dreamweaver (slightly better in my opinion but way more expensive). It takes far too long to do handwritten code, and you can edit the source HTML anyway in "code view" in such development environments.

2. This can easily be picked up through Microsoft's Dreamspark program for free as long as you're a student. You will want to get Microsoft Expression Studio and Visual Studio 2010 (not the Express editions...the big professional version). Visual Studio will allow you to write internet applications with Microsoft's Silverlight libraries in either C# or Visual Basic. You can also get a hold of Adobe Flash Builder for free as well.

Here are the links where you can get what I've just told you:
Microsoft Dreamspark
Adobe Flash Builder 4 Standard
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There are really no good free web building tools on Windows; you have to go with Expression Web or Dreamweaver...or FrontPage, but that's kind of obsolete now. Aptana is about as decent as it gets, or you can get Microsoft's Web Developer Express IDE from the MSDN site.
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I would not recommend to use Dreamweaver at the beginning. It is better to use smth like Notepad++ to learn HTML/CSS
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Definitely listen to the people. Not a ton of expressions and grammatical oddities that you only have to collect. There's also a lot of sentences that make sense perfect for English speakers, but does not make sense to people who are new language! I guess that's true in almost any language, though.
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