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  • Like all LBench website design training courses, it teaches best practice in vendor-neutral, standards-compliant, cross-platform, and completely transferable skills,
  • i.e. you will get real XHTML training and not merely one company’s take on it.
  • On completion of this course, students should be able to produce standards-compliant website design which works with any of the well-known packages in this field,
  • e.g., Dreamweaver, MS FrontPage, GoLive, IIS, Apache, ColdFusion, WebSphere, Lotus Domino, Microsoft Windows, Unix, Linux, .Net, SunOne, etc.

Suitable for

  • The course is intended for communications, marketing and design professionals who need to develop high-quality World Wide Web pages without external help.


  • To an even greater extent than normal, this web site design course is delivered through hands-on exercises, backed up by expert tuition in fundamental principles and best XHTML coding practice.
  • Whenever possible, students use hand XHTML coding techniques to learn the fundamentals which underpin proprietary web page editors like Dreamweaver, GoLive and FrontPage.


  • Most business-people recognise the commercial importance of the Internet, but few realize how easy it is to learn the skills required to produce a basic Web presence
  • This practical workshop introduces the basic elements of the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and its XML-compatible variant, XHTML,
  • i.e., the standards which determine the structure and use of web pages.
  • Unlike most web site design training courses, this one is not locked-in to any particular vendor's web browser, web server, application server, or operating system.
    Overview of HTML
  • Brief history of HTML and XHTML
  • How the web works — clients and servers
  • Browsers and rendering
  • The Basics of HTML
  • Headings
  • Phrase mark-up in XHTML
  • Hypertext links
  • Embedded images
  • Lists
  • Special characters in XHTML
  • XHTML and Semantic markup
  • Simple design customisation with CSS
  • Relationship between XHTML/HTML and CSS
  • Linking to a stylesheet in a separate file
  • Images
  • Bitmapped images
  • Types of image: GIF, JPEG, PNG
  • Image type tradeoffs
  • Creating images
  • Tables
  • Cells that span rows or columns
  • Cell alignment
  • Styling table cells
    More CSS
  • Borders
  • Margins and padding
  • Background colours and background images
  • Selectors
  • Classes
  • <div> and <span>
  • What is XML?
  • Relationship between HTML and XHTML
  • Why use XHTML?
  • Changes in the document prologue
  • Changes in element tags
  • Handling empty elements
  • HTML and Scripting
  • Server-side scripting: forms
  • XHTML Form elements
  • Client-side scripting
  • JavaScript
  • Graceful degradation
  • Examples
  • Embedding Multimedia
  • Image maps
  • Embedding flash movies
  • Graceful degradation

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