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August 11, 2012 7:50 PM Subscribe
Good resources to learn current HTML and CSS for web design? Especially looking for best practices for creating blog websites for modern browsers and devices.
posted by danceswithlight to technology (12 answers total) 82 users marked this as a favorite
At the moment, I have a cobbled-together knowledge of basic HTML and CSS. I would like to expand that to a deeper and more thorough understanding of web design so that I can efficiently modify WordPress blog templates and/or create my own. What resources should I look at? (Seems like this question was last asked in 2008, so presumably responses would be quite different now.)
I am especially curious about:
- best practices for getting stuff to render correctly in browsers as well as devices like iPads (for example, should I use percentages or pixels or ems? when are tables a good idea or a bad idea? which formerly popular techniques are now deprecated?)
- tools/programs to use for coding (is there a decent WYSIWYG editor these days? what other cool tools are out there besides Firebug? how do you make sure all browsers are rendering your code as you intended it, if you don't have all those browsers installed on your machine? what program do people use to actually write their code and test-drive it?)
- responsive design practices (like how to use flexible images and widths to adapt to smaller screens, and dynamic design based on whether visitors have been to your website before or not)
Ideally, I'm looking for an up-to-date, comprehensive resource that starts from first principles, builds up a progression of skills and knowledge, and gives specific suggestions like "do this, don't do that, but here is one exception" (as opposed to more broadly stating "here are some possibilities you could use" without any advice for when to use them).