Lesson 12

Creating a Web site isn't easy. There's the technical side of understanding everything CSS and XHTML have to offer and knowing how to use them. Then there's the creative side of choosing what to say and how to say it. Developing a look and feel for the site is also largely a creative endeavor.

If you're still struggling with pulling it all together, I encourage you to stick with it. I'll still be here for at least a couple of weeks after the release date of the final exam. So feel free to post any questions or problems in the Discussion Area for Lesson 12.

If you're ahead of the game and already have some content on a Web site, please post your site's URL in the Discussion Area for this lesson. Tell us your personal tips and share your challenges. I encourage all students to look at any sites posted in the Discussion Area.

You now have a deeper understanding of CSS, XHTML, and the issues facing professional Web developers everywhere. Armed with your new knowledge, I encourage you to look into professional Web development tools like Dreamweaver, Expressions Web, and Microsoft Visual Web Developer. These tools allow you to create pages and sites in a wysiwyg manner.

Wysiwyg (pronounced wizzy wig) is an acronym for what you see is what you get. The Web development tools are not an alternative to knowing CSS and XHTML. To the contrary, they assume you know CSS and XHTML quite well. But they can definitely make your time more productive by allowing you to create pages without manually typing every single tag and CSS style descriptor. In the Supplementary Material for this lesson, I've provided links to relevant Web sites where you can learn more.
Throughout the course, I validated each assignment through the W3C before uploading it to my site. I have chosen not to run each assignment through HTML Tidy but it is a very nice little tool to use in my future projects.

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