From outdated HTML guides
FILLED WITH OUTDATED guides for HTML and CSS, is the web-at-large more hazardous than helpful to the masses trying to learn how to design web pages?
We are guilty of hosting an outdated HTML guide. Check out the number one search result for html introduction. It's our very own Introduction to HTML 2.0. Don't get me wrong, though. This guide is very well written and was very useful. After all, it was done by Eric Meyer, author of Eric Meyer on CSS, while he worked at Case Western. And, at the time of its publishing in January of 1995, it was a bleeding edge document.
But, these days, it's getting a little long in the tooth. And, while I am opposed to removing it, I think a nice section at the top of the page serving as a friendly pointer to more recent HTML help web resources would be very useful.
Molly suggests pointing users at Dave Shea's "Standards Resources for Beginners". That's not a bad idea. But, rather than expect someone to go hunting through the comments, I would just give them a pointer to W3Schools Online Web Tutorials. That link, I would imagine, will stay up to date into the foreseeable future; and has a wealth of documentation.
Sometimes, I feel bad thinking that a fledgling person trying to setup his or her first web site or just trying to get to the point of cutting their teeth on HTML for the first time... end up at the Case hosted tutorial and end up way more confused than they started.