Web design for designers

This guide presumes that you already know about HTML and have browsed the Web enough to be intrigued not about how pages are designed but how they can be done well.

For the simple stuff, there are good free programs available that do not require you to get immediately into coding. I'll presume you use one of them,

It's not the best thing out there: I happen to prefer Dreamweaver but it will cost you several hundred dollars.

There is an almost equally good program that costs you nothing: 1st Page 2000. It comes with a number of extra features (an HTML tidier and compressor) but it is not widely distributed. You can get it from: http://www.evrsoft.com in Queensland, Australia.

My other favorites are: NoteTab Lite and the Web Consortium's free (eccentric but very powerful) editor-browser Amaya. However, Amaya doesn't do html5 -- the latest standard -- properly, which for me negates its usefulness.

In fact, I find myself swapping between free programs every couple of months or so, as my inclinations change. NoteTab and Dreamweaver are the programs I keep coming back to. But you can also look at Aptana Studio 3 (the editor of choice for many professionals), Notepad++, BlueGriffon, and HTML-Kit.

If you see American spelling (center/color etc), it's probably part of  the HTML language.



[1] For a regular Webber, Dreamweaver has the tremendous facility to specify alternative fonts for a Browser to read if the visitor doesn't have them on the machine. In other programs, this is a pain.