View Full Version : Which standard for a newbie?

04-05-2011, 01:01 PM
What is the best standard to learn for somebody starting from scratch? I've read that HTML 5 is the next big thing but will it be well supported anytime soon? I intend take my time playing with it but would like to produce something usable in whatever standard I study by early 2012. My concern is that I would spend the time to learn HTML 5 and then find that it isn't entirely usable yet. Would XHTML be a better choice? Thanks in advance for any insight you can offer.

04-05-2011, 01:18 PM
Learn, in this order:
HTML 4.01

You will need all of them. To understand HTML 5, you need to know HTML 4 and XHTML. To understand XHTML you need to know HTML 4

HTML 4 and XHTML are both in use, these days, one or another, according to the needs.

HTML 5 = HTML 4 / or / XHTML, plus some new features, minus some deprecated features.

In fact the basis is HTML 4.01 If you know this one, the rest is easy, as XHTML is merely a small change of notation, and HTML 5 has new features, as I said

Note: To be able to apply the new HTML5 features, you must, also, learn CSS (CSS2 and CSS3) and JavaScript. It's a must.

04-05-2011, 02:03 PM
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04-07-2011, 04:48 AM
Thanks for the replies! I really appreciate the explanation of what builds upon what.

I intend to start with some w3schools tutorials as I've seen them recommended on here and I have a book on XHTML but can you suggest any other tutorials?

04-07-2011, 05:39 AM
I would also look into learning CSS as this will help you design your websites. HTML will only structure it. Back in the day you could design with HTML but this is becoming obsolete! So I would learn the latest and greatest!

04-07-2011, 06:04 AM
Agreed that you will want to learn HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and HTML5 in that order and the best way to go about it would be through using them. Using the instructions available from W3C (http://www.w3schools.com/) create a site in just HTML 4.01 then validate it with the W3C Validator (http://validator.w3.org/). Once you are comfortable with writing HTML 4.01 Strict sites that can validate, move on to XHTML 1.0, then HTML5. Hopefully by then the HTML5 standard will be published...