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Learning HTML

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Whether you're an aspiring web designer or a busy professional that's tasked with editing your company's website, learning the basics of HTML is an essential part of that process. Because HTML is often people's first exposure to writing code, some people are a little apprehensive about learning it. And if that describes you, I have some very good news. HTML is surprisingly easy to learn. In fact, you should be of that learn the basics of its rules and syntax in about five minutes or so, and be authoring your own HTML files in short order.

Learning HTML

Whether you're an aspiring web designer or a busy professional that's tasked with editing your company's website, learning the basics of HTML is an essential part of that process. Because HTML is often people's first exposure to writing code, some people are a little apprehensive about learning it. And if that describes you, I have some very good news. HTML is surprisingly easy to learn. In fact, you should be of that learn the basics of its rules and syntax in about five minutes or so, and be authoring your own HTML files in short order.

However, before we begin discussing syntax, I want to take a broader look at HTML, so they you have some context as to what it all means, before jumping into the details. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language and, as the name implies, it's a markup language. Now, this means that unlike a scripting or programming language that uses scripts to perform functions, a markup language uses tags to identify content. And this is a little bit easier to visualize if you think about it in terms of something that you see every day.

Take this magazine layout. Because of the way that it's formatted, it's easy for you to quickly scan the page and identify content. We could, for sample, start labeling content based on its role on the page. I mean up top we have our main heading. Below that we have a little bit introductory copy. Then we have the body copy which has subheadings in it, and there, right there in the middle, we have what looks to be kind of a sidebar, sort of related content if you will. Well, markup languages work the same way. We would just simply use code to identify those content types.

Now if that seems pretty basic, that's because it is, and it's one of the reasons that HTML is so easy to learn. You could think of HTML as providing the basic structure of sites, which is then enhanced and modified by other technologies. CSS is used to control presentation, formatting, and layout. JavaScript is used to control the behavior of page elements. Programming languages like PHP allow you to create powerful applications to control things like ecommerce.

It's also not unusual to have middleware applications like a content management system and content delivery networks that manage a site's content and generate pages automatically. Now regardless of how complex a site is, or how many other technologies might be involved with it, at the core of the page you'll find HTML. That's why HTML is such an essential skill for any web professional, and it should be the starting point for anyone learning how to create content for the web.

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Up and Running with HTML

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  1. 2m 12s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 29m 30s
    1. Learning HTML
      2m 47s
    2. Choosing a code editor
      5m 2s
    3. Exploring basic HTML syntax
      8m 18s
    4. Do I need to learn HTML5?
      5m 6s
    5. Exploring HTML references
      8m 17s
  3. 35m 40s
    1. Exploring an HTML document
      5m 19s
    2. Working with doctype declarations
      4m 3s
    3. Examining the document head
      8m 20s
    4. Looking at the document body
      3m 21s
    5. Adding document structure
      8m 52s
    6. Lab: Coding a basic page
      3m 9s
    7. Solution: Coding a basic page
      2m 36s
  4. 1h 23m
    1. How does HTML format text?
      5m 51s
    2. Adding headings
      7m 24s
    3. Formatting paragraphs
      4m 54s
    4. Controlling line breaks
      3m 50s
    5. Creating lists
      10m 37s
    6. Emphasizing text
      6m 42s
    7. Displaying special characters
      5m 8s
    8. Controlling whitespace
      4m 35s
    9. Inserting images
      9m 20s
    10. Lab: Controlling page content
      13m 57s
    11. Solution: Controlling page content
      10m 55s
  5. 31m 54s
    1. Linking to pages within your site
      6m 45s
    2. Linking to external pages
      3m 2s
    3. Linking to downloadable resources
      2m 25s
    4. Linking to page regions
      8m 0s
    5. Lab: Creating Links
      5m 57s
    6. Solution: Creating Links
      5m 45s
  6. 40m 27s
    1. Examining basic table structure
      5m 10s
    2. Adding content to tables
      6m 20s
    3. Setting table attributes
      7m 42s
    4. Adding table captions
      4m 3s
    5. Defining table headers
      2m 13s
    6. Making table data accessible
      5m 46s
    7. Lab: Building tables
      4m 13s
    8. Solution: Building tables
      5m 0s
  7. 43m 23s
    1. Understanding the relationship between HTML and CSS
      4m 58s
    2. Creating inline styles
      4m 53s
    3. Exploring the style element
      5m 13s
    4. Basic font styling
      9m 24s
    5. Changing color
      4m 55s
    6. Taking styles further
      5m 24s
    7. Lab: Controlling basic styles
      5m 10s
    8. Solution: Controlling basic styles
      3m 26s
  8. 5m 44s
    1. Next steps
      2m 56s
    2. Additional resources
      2m 48s

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