Switching to XHTML/CSS

After spending years of layouting using tables in HTML, I decided to start working on my coming web projects using full XHTML/CSS. This would be a big step to keep up with the dynamics of WWW. I know it’s old news and kind of a bit late, but better than never.

Professional CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web DesignFor the others who are also interested with this new web standard, I recommend Professional CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design as a reference book. Of all the books I’ve read about XHTML and CSS, this one gave me the best view and understanding as the writers give real life example with very detailed descriptions for implementing them. Even for non-experienced web designers or people who just started learning about web design, I would still recommend it as the first chapter explains all the basics to create a web project.

The other problem that has been holding me back to start was the supporting application. As powerful as Macromedia/Adobe Dreamweaver can be for a WYSIWYG HTML editor, it still lacks the support for full XHTML/CSS layouting. Finally, after months of searching and trying, I found West Civ’s Style Master (available for both Win and Mac). I have only tried it for a few hours, but already find almost all of the required features for the transition. Hope this is the app I’ve been looking for, or hopefully Adobe make a new breakthrough when they release the next version of Dreamweaver.

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