What you will learn
The aim of this course is to get you started designing web pages. It is assumed that you have little or no experience of the subject. During our time together, you’ll learn some new concepts and ideas, most of which will not be difficult. After all, there are billions of pages on the internet, designed by the whole spectrum of humanity: children, adults, pensioners, people from all walks of life have sites out there. And if they can do it, so can you. In fact, follow the lessons carefully and you WILL do it. Before long, you’ll have your own pages designed and ready to be uploaded, there for all the world to see.
The technologies you will learn are HTML, HTML5, and Cascading Style Sheets. (HTML5 is the newest version of the of the language.)
At the heart of every web page is something called HTML. You will learn what this is, and how to code it. You will also learn the newest version of HTML, which is called HTML5. Both versions are included in this course. As well as HTML, you will learn about Cascading Style Sheets, and will be able to improve the look of your web pages by adding CSS to enhance them.
At the end of most chapters in this book you will see a summary table of what you have learnt. The summary tables are also included in a separate document, called quick_reference.pdf. This is one of the files that come with this book. All the files you should have are detailed below.
What you need to do the course
The only thing you really need to do the course is a simple text editor. We explain all about this in the first chapter, Anatomy of a Web Page, in the section Software for Writing Web Pages. But the operating system you have is not important. So you can do this course on a PC or an Apple Mac.