Writing W3C Compliant Code
One of the things that you need to be able to do to be a good web designer is to write W3C compliant code. I have mentioned this time and again but I cannot stress this enough. If you are new at web designing this may be one of the biggest hurdles in your way. If you find that the sites you design do not pass the W3C markup validation service though, don’t be too down on yourself. The truth is that the web is littered with sites that do not have validated code. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it is alright for you to keep on designing sites that are not W3C compliant. As a new web designer, this only means that you should start learning more about W3C and the current web standards and guidelines that it has developed and set.
To get started you can visit the New Visitors page of the W3C site. It could be a trifle bit overwhelming though since there’s just too many information to digest at once. I suggest that once you’ve read about the basics and skimmed stuff you are interested in that you head on to actual tutorial sites like W3Schools, where you can find free tutorials on everything from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, SQL, Database, Multimedia and WAP. Do not try to learn everything at once! Start polishing your coding skills one language at a time. In the meantime, while you are still polishing your coding skills, give your existing clients the best service possible by getting someone who’s already good at it to join you and work as a team.