I start with the basics so you have all the structure and understanding of the principles of HTML. You begin with a plain text editor and progress to DreamWeaver tools, learning not just the tips and tricks, but the best practices for document structure and coding style.
XHTML is more than just table-free layout. Using semantic markup dramatically increases accessbility and SEO. I can get you working in validated XHTML 1.0 in just a few days of 3-hour sessions. Write me to plan a course.