However, I came across this website www.w3fools.com, and now I am a bit worried about the authenticity and accurateness of the content at www.w3schools.com.
What should I do?
I would describe w3schools as "basically OK if you aren't looking for anything complicated and don't mind some details being wrong". For simple syntax and checking what values you can use, it's usually fine – but as you'll have seen on w3fools, it does have a fair few mistakes in it.
WebPlatform is also emerging as a great resource for learning about these topics.
I'm hoping that you meant IE9 or IE10 :shifty:
Gotcha. I didn't understand quite what you meant at first glance.
If you are talking about Web Development and Web Development learning process. Then W3Schools is best website for reference. 90% Trainer and teacher refer this website. I have Good experience using this. It is best.
Where did you get this statistic?
As seen in the responses above, it is not "the best" according to web development professionals. It's inaccurate and outdated in many cases.
I started off with w3schools.com to learn HTML & CSS, but I admit that I haven't learned much. I learned both on the side, whenever I had to edit an HTML or CSS document and either made sense to me or I just used Google.
I suggest using a more fun method of learning how to code as a front-end developer. Go through the courses on Tuts+ for example. HTML, CSS and jQuery are all free to learn there and Jeffrey Way is a pretty good tutor:
http://www.codecademy.com/ also seems to be decent and has plenty of interaction involved. Although I haven't tried it yet.
I agree with you that Now a days it is going updated and Development rules are changing rapidly. But we are just talking on as reference. In Educations Departments, Teachers have 20+ years experience in teaching and they are still teaching what they know. They are not updated with currently rules of development. They are stilling referring out dated websites and rules.
I agree that Above statics are not accurate. It is just general idea base on observation. I didn't conduct research on this. Yes, its worst.
I too started early on at w3schools (13+ years ago). I guess the site is OK as long as you understand it's outdated. You can can get an idea for the terminology and syntax and play with the "change and see" pages.
One of the main problems I had however, was needing to unlearn a lot of what I had learned. IMHO it would be better for newbies to go to a more current reference site.
And yes, I understand that edcucational institutions can be behind the times, sad but all too true.
I think w3schools are very good reference for a beginner to get through all concepts but when you become experienced you need a bit higher level than this.
I would also endorse w3schools for a beginner. Once you get into complicated stuff, there will be other references that you would be able to use ( stackoverflow etc ). But to get started I would highly recommend it.
Guys, you're not reading the responses that have already been made.
There are better up-to-date reference sites out there, regardless of your skill level.
Stackoverflow isn't a reference site. It's a Q&A site.