Tools to Write HTML5 and Another Giveaway

I’ve been building web pages since 1995 or 1996, and as such I am very comfortable inside the HTML. And when I started building pages, at first there were no editors dedicated to writing HTML, and then when they came along, they were text editors. Writing web pages visually, like in a word processor, was unheard of.

When visual web editors came on the market, they produced HTML that was a tangled mess of tags and characters, and they were very difficult to decipher. Plus, they would often not work as well outside the editor (i.e. inside a customer’s web browser) as they did in. So, I, like most designers of that time, quickly learned to distrust WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors.

But, if you do the math, that was over 15 years ago. And the market is starting to catch up. In fact, Adobe has two products that create great HTML5 web pages without any or with very little interaction with the HTML code: Adobe Muse and Adobe Dreamweaver. I have tried out both of these products, and while they are definitely aimed at different markets, they are both great.

These two books will help you get started with these tools:

Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 On Demand and Adobe Muse On Demand

Before you decide if these books are useful to you, you should check out a free chapter:

Another Giveaway!

If you are interested in either of these books, post a comment detailing which book you are interested in and why. I have 5 copies of each book to give away. I will close comments on August 27th and pick the winners on the 28th. If you want a second chance to win, you can subscribe to this blog (in the sidebar). All subscriptions that added before the 27th will be given a second entry in the giveaway. And the benefit of subscribing is that you also get my posts about HTML5 directly in your email as soon as they go live. You can’t lose!

21 thoughts on “Tools to Write HTML5 and Another Giveaway

  1. Dear Jennifer

    Thank you so much for this article, and for the giveaways.

    I am a stay-at-home mom and I’d like to learn how to create websites as a way to make a little extra income.

    I’d love to receive a copy of Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 On Demand.

    I have been trying to get on a course to learn to use Dreamweaver for about a year now without any success. The course nearby keeps getting cancelled as there are not enough students who enrol each time, and so the course gets postponed. As I say, it’s been almost a year that I have been enrolling and being put off until the next time.

    If I could have a copy of the book, I could start training myself instead.

    Thank you so much!

  2. I would like to learn desktop publishing. there are a lot of things you can use it for and I would like to get started.

  3. I like how each of these chapters is organized according to a step-by-step principle, suitable for novices: no prerequisite knowledge need be brought to these books by the reader. In a world filled with ever-more-complex applications and upgrades, finding the right book for dipping one’s toes into the water (to mix a metaphor) is increasingly difficult.

    That said, I prefer the Dreamweaver book. I come from a cut-and-paste publishing background, and I can fumble my way through designing a document with InDesign, but web design still eludes me. This chapter on Dreamweaver looks like an excellent introduction for my skill level (which, to be honest, is somewhere in a sub-basement).

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks Jennifer for your good work.I read both Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 On Demand and Adobe Muse On Demand free chapters. It was one of the best ever book i have read in my entire life. Now a days it is very difficult to get such kind of books with it’s simplicity, professional style and presentation of each topic.
    Firstly I want to have the Dreamweaver CS6 book.
    I’ll be lucky if i get a chance to get both of these books. I will surely recommend these books to my friends.
    Thank you.

  5. Hi,

    There are many tools which have sprung up especially in the area of designing websites using code. I have been working with HTML and at the moment trying out PHP. This means that I really need to study and practice using code because at the moment I am a graphic designer with good graphic design skills.

    Regards

    Aggrey

  6. Dear Jennifer,

    •Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 on Demand Chapter 2: “Getting Started with Dreamweaver CS6”

    is a treasure! I and six of my gal pals, ages 68-84, have dabbled with creating websites to post our blogs and sell unique greeting cards. We collaborate on line to edit each other’s work. This book would be of great value to our group. I am confident that this program could help us upgrade our skills and launch more effective website pages.

    What I appreciate about chapter two is the format. The directions, hints, options and examples are all provided in well written english on pages with plenty of white space. That is a welcome contrast to other titles with long paragraphs of dense tecnical language.

  7. Thanks for your articles and for the giveaways. I would love a copy of Dreamweaver CS6 as I have just taken a position in our ecommerce department and while I learned HTML some time ago, I never used dreamweaver and I’m playing catch up. I think the book would come in handy.

  8. Hello Miss Kyrnin,
    I would love the Dreamweaver book to futher my knowlegde with the software. I also may be taking the class in the near future so i would olove the chance to read ahead.

    Thank you in advance!
    Omar

  9. Hi Jenifer,

    I would like a copy of the book. Graphic designer and I’m very interested in what the interent page design. Every time I read your page and learn something new. Here is a page that I’m doing to my husband …… I have still much to learn. The practice is the key but I need a good guide as your website and a good book.

    thanks

  10. Hello Jennifer, Have just finished reading the chapter from Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 On Demand. This sounds like my kind of book. I love the way the pages are set out, including two columns of text to a page. However, I do prefer text to be formatted to the right as well as left. It just looks neater in my opinion!
    All the little extra tips, how to do (and what not to do)items really make this book.
    I am about to design a website from scratch for a not-for-profit community family history group, and the book may be my saving grace, as I have very little experience in this field.
    As a volunteer for this project, I shall keep my fingers crossed that I am lucky enough to win one of the books.
    Keep up the good work!

  11. Hi Jennifer,

    Web development is not a part of my job description. I work for the American Meteorological Society (a nonprofit organization) and my main responsibility is to help get the three main sectors of our community (academic, for-profit, and government) to stop squabbling with one another and work together for the common good of the community, and the nation.

    One way to do this is to hold face-to-face meetings where people can discuss common issues and problems. To facilitate networking among the attendees before, during, and after these meetings I have created a web site that provides photos, business cards, and bios of the people attending the meetings.

    I don’t use either of these expensive Adobe products (yet) but would like to study the books to see if investing in one or both would be a good use of our scarce resources.

    Thanks for your blog, and your About.com articles. They are a huge help!

    gary

  12. Hi Jennifer,

    I have learned so much from your “About Web Design” emails (articles) and I enjoy receiving them.

    I would be thrilled to be selected to receive a copy of the book Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 On Demand.

  13. Hi Jennifer,
    I’ve been reading your articles for a few years now, and I’ve even taken your xhtml and css courses. I’ve learned a lot and have been inspired to start a freelance web design company. I plan to open for business before the end of the year. I own Dreamweaver, but I still have much to learn. No doubt, the Dreamweaver book will be a major help.

    I would love to have a free copy of the Dreamweaver book.

    William

  14. Thanks so much for all your helpful articles. Both of these books look interesting, I want them both! but I would definitely start with the book on Dreamweaver, because it is the software I have and use. The improvements look interesting and encouraging, and the book very readable and useful.

  15. Hello jennifer,i’ll be so much happy to get the DreamWeaver cs6 or to get the both because i can’t afford to let your potential books pass me by without my landmark on them.i am also a young web designer following the great strides of achievers like jennifer kyrnin & other local professionals in my locality.i had also messaged you in your facebook message box.pls try & check it.i and my classmates have made you as our super model.i gave my coursemates your website address,even lecturers respect me for my ardent research when i recommended it for them.they feedback me with awesome testimonies.pls i seriously need the both books.the simplicity of the book is amazing.thank

  16. Hi Jennifer, I have seen both free chapters and they were really good. But I’d like the Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 on Demand. I think that the explanation how to use that software is very clear and it’s a good way to learn it. Does the books are e-books?

    Thanks for the oportunity to participate.
    Enrique

  17. Thanks for the giveaway. I wish to get Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 on Demand because I just quited my flash designer job and wish to look for web designing job. I Would like to take this break to refresh & brush up my Dreamweaver skill and builds portfolio before start to find job. The last time I learnt was using Dreamweaver Cs2. So I hope I will have this book to startup. =)

  18. Seems that is a bit late but I am one of those dreamers that never give up!

    I would love to have a copy of those books since I started a small business that (God willing) will become a franchise. My designer went back to his country and still looking for a responsible one. I realized that I cannot depend on them and need to learn ASAP.

    Please have me in consideration for your giveaway.

    Thank you for your work and congratulations

    Kenny Silva
    Producer

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