A great html primer

http://www.yourhtmlsource.com/I’ve been blogging for almost a year. But I’ve been like the driver of a car who has never looked under the hood. I don’t understand the technology that makes my blog work.

Now, I don’t think it is necessary for every blogger to know how to write code. But I’ve felt the need to understand the essentials of the platform my blog is built on. In much the same way as I want to understand the fundamentals of my car’s engine – even if I rely on a mechanic to service it.

So, today I spent the afternoon following the tutorials on a great site, HTML Source. This site provides a practical, easy to follow introduction to html, CSS, JavaScript and other tools needed to develop websites. Ross ShannonIts author, Ross Shannon, is a 22 year old PhD student at University College Dublin.

I completed the first tutorial and at the end of it feel that I now understand basic html. I’m not pretending that I can begin to code my own site. But I now know how the basics are put together and I can make some simple edits and additions to my site using Notepad. In other words, I understand what’s under the hood and I can change the oil!

And all of this as a result of the kindness of a young computer wiz five time zones away. Thank you Ross. Your site has enabled me to do something I’ve wanted to do for years – gain a basic understanding of html.

  • Joseph, thanks for highlighting HTML Source, which looks great. I know enough HTML to get by (barely), and sometimes when I need to look something up, I try various sites. Often this is an exercise in futility. Next time I’ll look at this one.

  • Bravo, Joe! Nothing will endear you to geeks and hackers like being able to say you can hand-code html. Plus, some basic html can be very helpful for troubleshooting formatting glitches as well.

    It doesn’t matter what the tool is — it is always good to have at least some idea of what’s under the hood. Good on ya.

  • and thanks for putting up the link Joe – i’ve been trying to find it for ages!

  • This is one of those “we always take it for granted” things. Glad you looked into it.

    Me, however, I have nearly no interest in learning the process. I’m just not there yet.