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I'm Stuck in 1999... What should I be coding in? HTML 5, HTML 4.1, ASP.NET?

Apr 2, 2012 12:21 PM

Hey guys!

   I have been doing webdesign since I was in Junior High. I started off hard codding HTML in Notepad. SInce then I go in and out of webdesign for different people and non profits. I started useing DW in about 2004, and I have been coding in HTML 4.1 my whole adult life. I did not learn how to use CSS unitl about a year ago, and although my websites look great (I do all of my own graphic design) I know that they are built on a fragile backbone of nested tables and mixed tags (My pages jump betwen using <p> and <span> like it is nobodies bussiness) and I only recently (like yesterday) learned that the <center> tag is out of date.

 

So my question is, how should I be coding my pages for maximume accessability while not being 13 years behind the crowd? Should I be coding in HTML 5? Does IE8 support it? What about ASP.net? I a not even sure what that is! Maybe something else? Or should I stick with HTML 4.1?

 

Thanks for your help as always!

 
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    Apr 2, 2012 12:39 PM   in reply to Christ-Guard

    You should probably stick to learning the HTML 5 technology as this is the future but it is based on HTML 4 so you might not have a great deal to learn. A bunch of new, more logical tags, new shorter DOCTYPE, more options and flexibility are just some of the benefits of 5 over 4.

     

    A bigger question for you may be whether to use a CMS (Content Management System) or not. If your sites are relatively small and don't need updating regularly then you can happily build away in dreamweaver no problems. However if you do plan on updating all the time, adding a blog or having many pages, a CMS like wordpress would probably be the way to go - but this can still be done in HTML 5.

     
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    Apr 2, 2012 12:45 PM   in reply to Christ-Guard

    Use CSS for Layouts.

    HTML5 or XHTML 1.0 for markup.  HTML5 standards are still a work in progress.

     

    If you want to make the leap from static HTML sites to database driven web sites,  you'll need to learn server-side programming.

    • Linux/Apache servers mainly support PHP & MySql databases.
    • Win IIs servers mainly support ASP or ASP.net & MsSql databases.
    • If you're not sure which to use, contact your host.

     

     

     

    Nancy O.

    Alt-Web Design & Publishing

    Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists 

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    Apr 3, 2012 3:37 AM   in reply to Christ-Guard

    Aparent, the statistics show that in a just a few moments, squillions of people will be using hand-held devices to access the internets.  That seems important to me so I am currently learning and thinking about mobile which includes, "mobile first" and "responsive" techniques.  If you have a look into that you'll see that much if not all of it uses HTML5 and CSS3 so delving into that will probably push you towards those technologies anyway.  I think that sites that look good accross devices are really impressive so, in my drive towards WWW domination, it's in my sights although not yet in my sites!

     

    Martin

     
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    Apr 3, 2012 1:52 PM   in reply to martcol

    @Martin,

    Very punny!  

    I share your sentiment about "responsive web design."   Smashing Magazine's new site (built on WordPress) is a very nice example of this.  Our friend Thiery Koblentz (once very active here) had this to say:

    http://coding.smashingmagazine.com/2012/03/22/device-agnostic-approach -to-responsive-web-design/

     

    @Christ-Guard,

    It depends on the CMS.  If you code everything yourself, it's not hard to customize the site anyway you wish.

     

    Get Simple CMS - PHP, no database required.

    http://get-simple.info/

     

    Perch CMS (commercial - $54 per site)

    Requires PHP & MySql

    http://grabaperch.com/

     

    e107 CMS (open source)

    Requires PHP & MySql

    http://e107.org/

     

    Content Seed - (commercial)

    Available in ASP or PHP

    no database needed. 

    http://contentseed.com/

     

    WebAssist Power CMS (commercial)

    http://www.webassist.com/dreamweaver-extensions/powercms-builder/

     

     

     

    Nancy O.

    Alt-Web Design & Publishing

    Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists 

    http://alt-web.com/

    http://twitter.com/altweb

    http://alt-web.blogspot.com/

     
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