We’ll teach beginner-level HTML coding, but we’ll also teach it in a rather fundamentalist way: by creating plain text files in Notepad. There are so many good Web site creation programs on the market nowadays that you may be wondering why this book takes this approach.
Simply put, it’s because doing your own coding is the best way to learn HTML. In this book you’ll build a Web site from the ground up, writing every line of code yourself. It’s slower and not as much fun as a fancy graphical program, but it’s great training.
However, you will be a much better Web designer—and understand what is going on in design programs much better—if you tough it out with Notepad in the beginning.