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ironknee
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Apr 6, 2009, 08:40 PM
 
hiya all

i have a niece that needs a crash course on basic html/webdesign...

she has 1 week where she can go anywhere to learn... any ideas?

she is in upstate NY

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Apr 7, 2009, 02:18 AM
 
1 week eh? What does she look like? haha, just kidding.

When you say crash course, what are you referring to? There's lots to HTML, far more than you could easily learn in a week, especially without any prior knowledge. What's the reasoning behind this?
     
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Apr 7, 2009, 03:59 AM
 
Don't judge me, I used to use this when I was 11-12!

http://www.neopets.com/help/html1.phtml

^ it's actually an alright guide to get you started, very very easy to understand.
     
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Apr 7, 2009, 04:41 AM
 
I thought this was the defacto standard tutorial for as long as the web has been around:

http://www.selfhtml.org/

Edit: oh wait: is that really only available in European? Sorry guys.
     
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Apr 7, 2009, 05:08 AM
 
I think ironknee is looking for a literal class that stuffs as much Web design know-how into a week as possible. Like Big Nerd Ranch's bootcamps, only more beginner-level. I imagine such a thing must exist, but I don't know of any, and certainly not any in New York.

I'd just give her a ton of books and lock her in a room until she could produce an attractive and standards-compliant Web site. (Adjust plan to accommodate Geneva Conventions as needed.)
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kylef
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Apr 7, 2009, 07:43 AM
 
Could always just learn off www.w3.org then, although it's so *boring*.
     
ironknee  (op)
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Apr 7, 2009, 02:57 PM
 
chuckit got it right... are there classes or bootcamps for basic html stuff

i thought of lynda.com but they are expensive

thanks all
     
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Apr 8, 2009, 10:45 AM
 
I can't imagine actually absorbing all the information in a one-week class. The class I took was a whole semester and I'm still learning.
     
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Apr 12, 2009, 03:11 AM
 
Lynda.com isn't really that expensive. I got a free trial when I picked up my copy of CS4 and decided to continue it for another month. For 25 bucks (which is, I imagine, cheaper than any class) you have unlimited access to their entire library for the month. You can also learn a few things while your niece is picking up HTML. I just checked and the XHTML training looks decent enough and is about 3.5 hours. It also has a little bit of CSS and basic JavaScript thrown in (for things like rollovers).
     
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Apr 13, 2009, 03:54 AM
 
Why take a class.

For the basics this comic book style book:

http://www.amazon.com/Head-First-HTM...9609037&sr=8-1

Has the basic info, first 300 pages slow. Lacks in positioning, but is a good intro. Can be done in one week. I did up to 80 pages a day.

Recommend this book as follow-up:

http://www.amazon.com/Pro-CSS-HTML-D...9609143&sr=1-1

This is an excellent book with cross-browser compatible patterns to create web designs. There's everything in this book you need to know about html and css. A bit dry maybe, but solid and concentrated.
     
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Apr 13, 2009, 03:58 AM
 
Originally Posted by kylef View Post
Could always just learn off www.w3.org then, although it's so *boring*.
I don't recommend the w3.org "courses". Created by a rhetorical anti-talent, and probably only good to be fed to a computer. Boring is an understatement. You'll need artificial resuscitation after only a few pages.
     
   
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