You know you've been working too hard when...
you have visions of xhtml code in your dreams
That's right. I tossed and turned last night while visions of deprecated html and the latest industry-standard xhtml tags, as well as CSS (cascading style sheets, for the hypertextually mark-up-challenged) selectors and declarations danced in my head. Correction: whirled around in my nightmares.
It all started when I registered for a 5-week online course in CSS. I thought it was time I caught up with modern Web page authoring methodology. What I thought was a basic course turned out to be advanced. I was lost from day 1. Not that our online instructor wasn't understanding -- he just didn't understand that he was talking way above our heads. After feeling as though I'd never catch up, I spend about an hour in my local Barnes & Noble on Saturday sampling CSS books until I found one that explained the hyper-creatures in language I could grasp ... and better yet, the authors even had a sense of humor! If you're ever in the mood ... or maybe I should say, if the madness ever overtakes you... to learn CSS, get yourself a copy of
Elizabeth Freeman & Eric Freeman. Head First HTML with CSS
& XHTML. Sebatopol, CA: O'Reilly Media, 2006.
Lots of humorous examples, lots of puns (e.g., Starbuzz Coffee), great explanations. The Freeman team is going to get me through this course!