Learning HTML isn't all about reading boring tutorials and trying
to remember hundreds of tags. Actually there's only about 10 tags you should
know by heart and 10 more you can have the editor insert. And here are a
few hints how learning HTML can be made easier, quicker and more fun.
They have helped yours truly to learn HTML within just a few weeks.
Learn from the editor. For the very first steps on the web, it's OK a
WYSIWYG editor such as Netscape Composer or MS FrontPage. Create a simple page
and save it to your harddisk. Make changes to the page one at a time and have a look
at how the code changed after each one. Most editors offer a "view source" function
you can use for this.
Graduate from WYSIWYG editors. As soon as you've understood how HTML
works, get yourself a text-oriented editor such as WebEdit, preferably with a
preview function. Now you have full control over the actual source code. Observe how
your manipulation of it affects the appearance of the page.
Play. Use HTML files stored offline and do with them whatever comes to
mind. Test the limits.
Don't ask - try it. There's a Chinese saying "Give a man a fish and
he'll have food for a day. Teach him fishing and he'll have food for the rest
of his life." Instead of asking other people how you can do this or that, experiment
until you've figured it out by yourself.
RTFM. If you can't figure it out with the help of your editor, find an
advanced HTML tutorial. Don't read the tutorial on the train (much too boring),
but use it like a dictionary while you work.
Steal. Yes, that's right. Whenever you see something interesting while
surfing the web, use the "view source" function of your browser to look at the code
that produced the effect. Save the file to your harddisk for future reference,
no ownership to be respected. :)
Have fun, and always remember the Chinese proverb! Here's a German one that also
applies: No achievement without effort.