Computer and HTML Resources

HTML is a type of simple programming language that is used to create online content. It uses tags that surround content to format it or lend it other functions. For example, the letter b in angle brackets (<>) indicates bold formatting for text. If we typed the word "test", with the appropriate bold tags, the resulting output on the webpage would be the word “test” in bold format. Apart from simply formatting text, HTML can also be used to modify images and even page layouts. Links are a main feature of HTML and they are the primary way in which users are able to navigate from one webpage to another. Advanced users can modify links so that instead of simply clicking on them, users can interact with links in other ways. They might be able to view information by simply hovering over a link, or send an email to the site’s creator. Later on, we will also learn about using tables. Tables are useful for organizing data, or also for regulating the layout of a page’s content. Forms are another fun tool. Think about when you might have gone to a website and had to enter in details to register for something. The information was entered into a form. Forms are a way of allowing users to interact with the website by inputting data. After mastering HTML, you can also learn to incorporate snippets of slightly different languages, such as Javascript or CSS, to change the way the web page functions. Other aspects, such as HTML meta tags help to bring relevant pages to users’ attention in search engines, even though the meta information is not visible on a web page.

Over the past decade, Internet use has increased tremendously not only for work, but also for education, leisure, and communication. Creating websites was once exclusively the domain of programmers and web designers. Comparatively, today it is important for anyone who uses the Internet extensively to have a working knowledge of HTML and web design skills. Many people choose to create their own blogs, small business websites, or personal interest pages. Even those who choose to hire a web designer can benefit from knowing HTML. It can allow them to better explain their needs and expectations, and discuss the design and build more easily. HTML has evolved a great deal since it first became widely used in the 1990s. Even now it continues to change and morph as people around the world find newer and better ways of using it. Apart from technical coding, it is also the design elements of HTML that have gone through their growing pains. Mid-90s websites looked quite amateur and were an explosion of gaudy colored and patterned backgrounds, flashing animations, cartoon signs, and multiple clashing fonts. In comparison, contemporary websites are far sleeker, simpler, and are easier to browse and navigate. They also offer better accessibility options for people with physical or sensory impairments. Recently, blogging platforms such as Wordpress, Blogger, and Tumblr have become quite popular for use in websites. Several years ago, it was more common for designers to code the entire website in an HTML editing program and then upload the pages to the server. While that is still done today by some people, an alternative is to sign up for a blog and then use basic HTML knowledge to tweak the design and structure for a customized look. This greatly cuts down on the work involved, while offering more ease of use for viewers and site owners alike. A more advanced version is to download the blogging platform’s core template files and then code in more complex changes. Whatever method you choose, it is helpful to know the basics of HTML. Browse through the links below to start learning with several online tutorials, guides and lessons.

Beginner HTML


Intermediate HTML


Advanced HTML

 

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