Additional Resources

XHTML

CSS

  • W3Schools CSS Tutorial - W3CSchools has a CSS section that covers the very basics of CSS up to more advanced topics.
  • CSS Basics - CSS Basics is formatted like a book with 18 chapters dedicated to educating readers about fundamental CSS concepts. The writing is clear and succinct - making it a great resource for those just starting out. All 18 chapters can be printed or downloaded in PDF format.
  • Style Master CSS tutorial A very good place to get a broad overview of what CSS is and what you can do with it.
  • 70 Expert Ideas For Better CSS Coding - Smashing Magazine Article CSS isn’t always easy to deal with. Depending on your skills and your experience, CSS coding can sometimes become a nightmare, particularly if you aren’t sure which selectors are actually being applied to document elements. An easy way to minimize the complexity of the code is as useful as not-so-well-known CSS attributes and properties you can use to create a semantically correct markup.
  • CSS at MaxDesign - At MaxDesign, you can find Russ Weakley’s brilliant set of CSS-related tutorials. Some things to expect here are: Listmatic – which shows you a variety of ways you can use CSS to style lists, and Floatutorial – which goes through the fundamentals of floating elements.
  • CSSeasy.com - CSSEasy.com’s slogan is “learn CSS the modern way”. The site promotes learning by experience, with the idea that if you inspect the source code and see how things fit together as a whole, you’ll gain a better understanding of CSS. The Web Developer Tool will also come in handy on this website.
  • CSSDog - CSSDog has a section for both beginners and more advanced developers. Aside from CSS lessons, their CSS Reference section - which lists quick guides and color references - are very helpful.
  • SitePoint CSS Reference - SitePoint has a CSS reference section that discusses introductory level CSS topics. You can get a crash course on general CSS syntax and nomenclature onto slightly more advanced topics such as CSS hacks and filters.
  • Eric Meyer: CSS - Here’s a collection of works by Eric Meyer (acclaimed web professional and author). Some resources you’ll find on this page are css/edge (Eric Meyers experiments on CSS) and CSS reference.
  • Holy CSS Zeldman! -

Firefox Addons We Recommend

  • Web Developer Toolbar - Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
  • LinkChecker -  Check the validity of links on any webpage.
  • Screengrab - Screengrab saves entire webpages as images... 
  • SearchStatus - Display the Google PageRank, Alexa rank and Compete ranking anywhere in your browser, along with fast keyword density analyser, keyword/nofollow highlighting, backward/related links, Alexa info and more.
  • Table2Clipboard - allows you to select rows and columns from a table simply pressing Control key and picking rows/columns with left mouse button. The selection can be copied to clipboard but the original table disposition is lost making ugly results when you paste the text on datasheet applications (eg excel). If you want to paste data in Microsoft Excel on OpenOffice Calc with correct disposition simply use Table2Clipboard. Pasting in plain text editors is also supported as CSV file (but you can change rows and columns separators from option dialog)
  • ColorZilla -  With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program. You can Zoom the page you are viewing and measure distances between any two points on the page. The built-in palette browser allows choosing colors from pre-defined color sets and saving the most used colors in custom palettes. DOM spying features allow getting various information about DOM elements quickly and easily.
  • HTML Validator - HTML Validator is a Mozilla extension that adds HTML validation inside Firefox and Mozilla. The number of errors of a HTML page is seen on the form of an icon in the status bar when browsing.

Graphics Tools

  • Gradient Image Maker - Create your own gradient images for backgrounds following this step-by-step tutorial
  • A Smaller Image - With the intuitive, single-screen interface of A Smaller Image, reducing digital photos is a really easy. Select the output size and pick just the right part of a picture to keep.
  • Easy Thumbnails - Easy Thumbnails is a popular free utility for creating accurate thumbnail images and scaled-down/up copies from a wide range of popular picture formats. By the makers of  NoteTab and NoteTab Lite.

Color

CSS Based Menus

Search Engine Optimizations (SEO)

Misc Tools

  • Check Server Headers Tool - Check server headers and verify HTTP status codes.
  • AnyBrowser.com - Your Source for Browser Compatibility Verification
  • CSS List Style Wizard - Use this wizard to experiment with list styles and generate sample CSS style source code.
  • Total Validator Tool - The basic tool is free. The Pro tool has the same great features as the Basic tool, but can validate an entire site in one go rather than just one page at a time.

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