What is HTML?
The easy answer is that html is the language of web pages.
HTML (short for HyperText Markup Language) is the most often used programming language used on the WWW (World Wide Web) to build web pages. Web browsers such as Firefox or Internet Explorer then interpret the HTML and display it so that users are able to
view it. HTML is actually a very simple language once the basic concepts are understood. Keep in mind HTML is a
client-side language which means the data is interpreted locally on your computer, not from the server.
W3Schools HTML Tutorial, HTML Goodies
XHTML (based on XML) is considered by W3C as the eventual successor to HTML.
What is CSS?
They define how to display various aspects of HTML elements.
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) tell the web browser how to display HTML (as well as XML and XHTML) elements. They are normally stored in Style Sheets (.css), they
were added to HTML 4.0 to solve a problem. CSS is a breakthrough in Web design because it allows developers to control styles such as fonts, colors and layoust of many web pages all at once. Also, it can be used to present a different styles depending on whether the user is viewing on a monitor, a pda, or printing the file.
W3Schools CSS Tutorial
Xanadu-FX recommends the book Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML by Elisabeth Freeman and Eric Freeman. It is our opinion this book will help the beginner quickly understand the concepts for creating a great looking web site.
We recommend Dreamweaver if you are going to purchase software. It comes with great tutorials and help files, and is considered the industry standard among professionals. It also comes with several templates to get you started quickly. If you are a student, be sure to take advantage of any education discounts available to you!
If you're looking for free software, try www.coffeecup.com/freestuff/, where you will find an HTML editor, an FTP program, a program that builds menus, and a lot more.
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