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For the second issue of the Sunday Design Resource, we’ll be pointing out some HTML Tutorial websites. These websites cover all aspects of web design, beginning with the basics and going through hints, tricks and optimizing your code to make it W3C Compliant.
Probably the first, most complete and up-to-date HTML tutorials website. W3C is the abbreviation to World Wide Web Consortium, and it’s an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C’s goal is :
To lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web.
On this website you’ll find everything you need to know about HTML, and not only HTML. There are extensive resources about CSS, also. The downside is accessing that information. The site’s navigation is pretty basic, being organized just like the contents of a book (organized by chapters). Getting to the HTML part requires some dose of intuition, but once you get there all your questions will be answered. The information database is vast containing everything you need to know about HTML, including the latest developments in this field (HTML5). As a conclusion, navigation aside this is the website you wanna visit if you want to learn all about HTML.
W3Schools is a website containing information about all aspects of web development, from basic HTML training to advanced .NET tutorials.
The website’s navigation is very good and intuitive, consisting of a left column with the topic you want to learn about (HTML, XHTML, CSS, PHP, ASP etc). The HTML part is excellently organized using the same navigation style as stated before. It’s divided into 2 main chapters (Basic and Advanced). After reading the basic and advanced tutorials you have the opportunity to check you knowledges by taking a quiz, or even by taking an exam (for about 60$) which will grant you the title of Certified HTML Developer at the end. What we liked about this website were the HTML examples. The example database is quite extensive and covers all the aspects of HTML. As a conclusion W3Schools in an excellent website with tons of information, but a bit hard to read because each page is a bit too “loaded”.
This website is not as complete as the other two. It’s build as a beginners guide to HTML and CSS.
Although not as complex as W3C and W3Schools, the website has an excellent navigation system. The content is organized by topics. An interesting thing is that the website offers a Popular Articles Section. A big minus is the site’s search system. It’s not self implemented, it’s a Google Search Box. What we really loved about this website is the forum. It’s pretty big, with lots of helpful users and topics. You find here answers to any problem you may have. Concluding, HTML Code Tutorial is a good website with a decent amount of information, an excellent navigation system (needed as the search function is pretty basic) a great forum with lots of helpful members, but with a bit too much advertising.