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Thanks for watching Up and Running with HTML. My goal for this course was to introduce you to the basics of HTML, get you comfortable with the syntax, and show you that authoring HTML isn't that hard. Now, obviously, this is not a comprehensive HTML course, and for those of you looking to master web design, you still have a lot to learn. It's not always obvious what your next step should be. And in the next movie I am going to go over several resources that can help you learn HTML and serve as quick references, but before I get to that, I wanted to take a moment to give you an idea of where you should turn your focus to next.

Next steps

Thanks for watching Up and Running with HTML. My goal for this course was to introduce you to the basics of HTML, get you comfortable with the syntax, and show you that authoring HTML isn't that hard. Now, obviously, this is not a comprehensive HTML course, and for those of you looking to master web design, you still have a lot to learn. It's not always obvious what your next step should be. And in the next movie I am going to go over several resources that can help you learn HTML and serve as quick references, but before I get to that, I wanted to take a moment to give you an idea of where you should turn your focus to next.

Make it a priority to find tools that you're comfortable with. I used Komodo Edit for this title because it's cross-browser, it's free, and it's an open-source editor. That doesn't mean that I'm recommending it as your editor of choice or that it's even right for every project. Take time to explore the different types of editors on the market and find the one with the tools and the features that reflect the way that you like to work. A good editor can make the process of authoring websites much easier and make you a lot more productive.

If you're working in an environment where you're using a CMS as your primary authoring tool, learn as much as you can about it. Dig through the documentation, experiment with its features, and try to reach a comfort level with it that allows you to stretch its capabilities. Now, while you're becoming more comfortable with your tools, spend some time learning about how the web actually works. Research how web servers work, how servers and browsers communicate with each other, and what happens behind the scenes as your pages are being served to your users.

By understanding how the web works, you'll avoid errors that plague many other designers. Also, take some time to figure out what area of web design you want to focus on. Web design is a huge field, and there are a lot of different areas that you could specialize in. Start with the area that interests you first and then begin to broaden your skill sets once you get comfortable with your initial focus. Now, finally, break as many things as you can. So many people hold themselves back because they're afraid of breaking something with their inexperience.

Just create a little place online that you can work for your own personal site, just your own little corner of the web. Use this area to experiment and build things that you don't know how to build. You will be amazed at how rapidly you progress once you feel free to make mistakes. Along the way, don't forget to have fun. Web design is a creative, fun experience. Don't get so caught up in the code that you forget to realize that in the end that code is simply an expression of your own creativity.

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Up and Running with HTML

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James Williamson
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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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