Because of the pile of crap served to newbies trying to learn web development.
If they're lucky, and young enough to be in school, a newbie might learn web development on Adobe Dreamweaver. We all know how that turns out:
Looking at you MM_preloadImages.
Get an unyielding pile of dung.
Or maybe they'll come accross a card carrying HTML expert on an internet forum who will tell them to:
Go read the spec.
This situation needs improvement.
So, I've started working on
The HTML and CSS Tutorial
Which currently only exists in the form of the web page you are staring at right now.
The idea is that this online book will be a tasty treat for the Google index, and — hopefully — link bait for the whole web development and design community. Each section and reference snippet should have a URL to be easily linked to from places like StackOverflow.
On top of that, there should be high quality video tutorials. Some of them for free, and others for sale.
A win for everyone; FTW.
When a newbie asks you where to go to get started, wouldn't you like to have a place to send them?
Even though this project will start off at the introductory level, and is probably beneath you, I still need you to help spread the word and establish some credibility in web development land.
Thanks so much!
Follow me on Twitter or email me directly at email@example.com
Get involved by dropping off your email address so that I can send an occasional electronic mail message to keep you up to date on progress. Then, the only thing you need to do, is spread the word about it.