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Web Markup Languages: HTML, XML & CSS (Part 2)

Web Markup Languages: HTML, XML & CSS (Part 2)

HTML & WYSIWYG Editors Editors are generally available in two different versions or flavours. You have standard text editors - which incorporate easy methods of using, controlling and seeing HTML tags (using colour coding etc.,) but you’re still writing directly in HTML and not seeing the output - unless you view it in a browser. And then you have WYSIWYG editors (said as 'whizzy-wig'.) NOTE: We like NotePad2 for simple text editing with code highlighting: http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html WYSIWYG stands for 'What You See Is What You Get'. This means you can edit in a visual environment - where you can see what the...

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Web Markup Languages: HTML, XML & CSS (Part 1)

Web Markup Languages: HTML, XML & CSS (Part 1)

Markup Languages vs Scripts vs Programs The concept of markup languages is thought to have evolved from editorial instructions added to documentation. Markup is added to describe how information is displayed and laid out. The end-user never sees the markup instructions – as they only exist to alter the way the data is presented. HTML is perhaps the most well-known example of a markup language, and it uses markup tags to affect how the various components of a web-page are displayed and handled. Markup languages are not programming or scripting languages – they exist purely to annotate data or text and provide processing...

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The Programming Mindset

The Programming Mindset

Programmers need to think in a certain way. To create a computer program they have to reduce an idea, no matter how simple or complex, into a set of logical steps. They typically start with a higher level idea and then reduce it piece-by-piece with ever smaller granularity until it essentially becomes a list of questions and answers; inputs and outputs. Unless you can break a concept down into smaller and smaller constituent parts, you'll never be able to translate that process into program code. Over time, and the more experienced you get - the more levels 'deep' you'll be...

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How Do I Start & Succeed With An Online Business?

How Do I Start & Succeed With An Online Business?

As a successful online and IT Training & Career Certification company ourselves, we're often approached by people wanting to start web-based businesses - asking us for our experience and expertise - and what it takes to actually become a successful web designer, developer, master or ecommerce expert. Because people are fed up with the constant barrage of online internet marketing guru rubbish peddled daily: The 'courses' and 'insider knowledge' which promise one-stop, one-click button solutions. And these people expect you to believe that their solutions can actually provide you with a proper business or online income - a successful online alternative to...

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What Is Search Engine Marketing & Optimisation? (SEM & SEO)

What Is Search Engine Marketing & Optimisation? (SEM & SEO)

Search Engine Marketing & Search Engine Optimisation, commonly referred to as SEM & SEO, have become something of a hot-potato since around 2003, as they have the potential to make or break any online business. SEO essentially refers to techniques of on-site web-page code optimisation, as well as the creation of off-site factors that will influence the organic (non paid for) SERPS (Search Engine Results Pages). SEM normally refers to specific marketing strategies through the Search Engines to advertise and promote your site & pages. SEO is really a subset of SEM, with SEM having a wider scope and including...

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