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I'm not sure this counts as Tech Support, Bugster, as he doesn't have any actual problem, he's just enquiring.

Alexander: According to W3Schools, where I suggest you go to learn more about the language(s) you wish to learn, you should learn HTML first, then move onto XHTML, the more standardised new variant on HTML. If you want to learn DHTML, you must know Javascript (not the same as Java) prior to this. XML stands for eXtended Markup Language, and is not a method of displaying information, unlike HTML, but a method of carrying it efficiently. Based on my limited experience, I reckon you should learn HTML, as it is the language that the Internet is based upon.

And, Wither, XHTML is not all that different from HTML, it is simply stricter. See here for more information: http://www.w3schools.com/xhtml/xhtml_html.asp

Oh, and Alexander, get rid of the poll before a mod does. I'm sure you've read the rules, but you should really read them again, paying particular attention to rule 21:

21) Don't create useless polls. Also, don't create polls in any forum except the Overflow forum--and even then we may delete them if they are useless.

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Deleted the poll, because they're pretty much the same thing.

 

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@ thirdstreettito: BBCode is not a markup language. It is simply a series of wrappers that PhBB uses to interpret how to display the text. It's essentially a set of abbreviations.

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ive learnt the simple html.its that easy they teach basics at school. i learned it in year 7. it hasnt had much use to me yet but im going to start programming sometime soon for plugins :D but taht will be when i start to understand it lol :D any way html is the easiest*from what i know* and is the main part seeing as it is what the internet reads from. there are ways to view a website as html

i ll show you all :D

while your on the internet click on page-go down to view source click on it. a little box should pop up.thats the html for the page your viewing.

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HTML is a markup language. XHTML is a stricter version of that markup language. DHTML is HTML + Javascript for enhanced interactivity. XML is a data storage language.

So, if said theoretical beginner is looking to learn, I'd suggest XHTML, as it is the markup language of the future. In lieu of DHTML, one could study XML and try for AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) interactivity.

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Lately HTML is becoming a tighter markup language than its previous usage, as we are now looking to create semantically correct HTML code.

This means that the markup tags should only be used to construct the content of a page, while CSS (cascading Style Sheets) do all the styling.

Therefore my recommendation for beginners: (X)HTML and CSS is the place to start.

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XHTML is more strict, and thereby more betterer. The less wiggle-room coders have, the more predictable the resultant code. They're called standards for a reason, and if we're going to have them, we may as well have strictly defined ones.

...markup tags should only be used to construct the content of a page, while CSS (cascading Style Sheets) do all the styling.

QFT. Separation of style and content is all the buzz, and for good reason. Semantic web markup + CSS is the way to go - it'll take a mite longer to learn, and it always takes more forethought to code, but it's worth it.

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I am an organism, an animal, a creature, I am a beast.

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I know HTML + CSS (Just the basics - hey I'm only 12 :wink: ) but the mention of Javascript makes me shiver.

Still, I'm not gonna give up on attempting to learn it.

For beginners, I'd say HTML first then "upgrade" your knowledge by learning XHTML + CSS etc

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