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I would love to make me a freelance web developer. Please write what you must learn to achieve this goal. How long does it take to get there. Thx again.
HTML and XHTML are basically the same thing… Xhtml just has a few extra features, so really you learn both at the same time.
Also learn CSS. Flash would likely be helpful too, as would .net, .asp, maybe fireworks or photoshop if you are looking to do graphics as well.
My school offers it in a 10 month course,,,, it’s really easy.
The more you know the better. There is push amongst the developer community, at least with some, to go for things like XHTML and XML, but that doesn’t meant HTML is going to just die tomorrow. I would definitely know both. Also, if someone wants you to make them a site that they can easily alter on their own later on, and they only know HTML, well….
As for how long, that’s 100% upon you. How much time do you have to dedicate towards it? How long does it take you to learn/pickup on the different things? We can’t really tell you that, its going to be different for every person out there. And it may go faster for some aspects (say HTML/XHMTL) and slower for others (say PHP).
You are going to need some more knowledge as well. To be a good freelancer. You will need to know a good database language. ASP or PHP or something. And also a scripting knowledge. Like javascipt of vb script.
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Learn XHTML, and you will then know HTML.
You don’t need to take classes or read books for both of them, XHTML includes everything HTML does.
The current “in use” version of XHTML is simply HTML with more rigid syntax. But, as the semantic web begins to take hold, it will be much more developed…and it will become a requirement for a developer to know.
Learn the XHTML way of doing things, from that – you will automatically pick up HTML, XHTML is basically HTML but it applies a little standardization into the code, HTML was very ‘loose’, as a result, different vendors interpreted it differently, leading to the problems we have today. XHTML solves this by defining some best practices. So I highly recommend to adopt them from the beginning, before you pick up old habits.
It’s not very different, for example, XHTML defines rules such as no tag should be in uppercase, and all tags must have a closing tag etc.
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