| FYI: Web-Building
How to Use These Resources
by Robert Marston
There are many, many websites out there with "how-to" information and FAQ's (answers to Frequently Asked Questions). However, the ones I've found are "too much." They deal with a wide range of subjects and they target a wide range of skill levels. This site is specifically designed for "newbies" (novices), and attempts to "walk you through" the information so that you can get through it without being overwhelmed or lost.
Much of this info will be intuitive. However, I have found that having a checklist is often a good way to remind me of things I already know. So, use the checklists. Don't just skim over these pages and say "Duh! That's obvious -- everybody knows that." It's there for a reason -- use it!
If you go through each one of these links one-by-one and take their advice (and always ask for clarification on something you're not sure about), you will "graduate" as an an intermediate-level web programmer. I say that in all seriousness.
Anyone can use an HTML editing program to create junk -- a lot of junk -- and fast. There are lots of people out there creating junk.
But if you have the vocabulary, and you understand the basic principles and theories of good web design -- and you practice these things -- you will find yourself to be an "above average" web developer.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes, and don't fear criticism. Seek people who will answer your questions, help you to ask better questions, and guide you to the next step (i.e. the WWolunteers). Stick with it. Be assertive. Be persistent. Ask for help. If you don't get an answer, ask again. If you do, you will be successful.
Now, let's get back to those handy resources ...
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