In this hands-on course, students learn to create Web pages using HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the foundation for all Web sites. The course covers the fundamental concepts of hand-coding a Web page using HTML. It discusses all the major topics of coding and validating HTML, including techniques for meeting current standards and practices set aside by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), as well as accessibility mandates as set by the American Disability Act (ADA) Section 508 and tips for improving search engine optimization (SEO).
Students will learn how to format text, insert images, link to other Web pages and sites, and create forms and data tables. The course discusses different versions of HTML, defines XHTML and demonstrates how it is written. The instructor will address how HTML 5.1, the latest version of HTML, builds upon HTML 4.01 and XHTML, including what new elements have been introduced and are supported by current browsers. Throughout the course, the code will be taught and written to reflect today.
The course is for students who have not previously coded Web pages, or those who would like to review and update their HTML coding skills to meet current practices and standards.
- What is HTML – a little history
- Understanding the different versions and types of HTML (the doctype)
- Deprecated tags and attributes
- Optimizing your pages for search engines (SEO)
- Best coding practices for accessibility
- Importance of good title and meta tags
- Block level and inline level elements
- Phrase elements and character entities
- Ordered, unordered, definition and nested lists.
- Incorporating images into your web page
- Creating links including: Absolute, relative, e-mail and anchor hyperlinks
- Image mapping
- Data tables
- Understanding and create functional iframes
- Coding a form for surveys including radio buttons, checkboxes and comment fields
- Validate HTML/XHTML pages
- New elements of HTML5.1
Skills Needed: Ability to use Web browsers, navigate Web pages, download files, create folders, and save files (file management/organization) either on Mac or Windows environment. The course recommends using Notepad++ on Windows or TextWrangler on the Mac, both of which are free.