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HTML Programming Basics

Part of every webmasters resume is their knowledge of HTML. Sure, some know more than others but a certain amount is necessary if you're to run a website. HTML is one of the easiest programming languages around, and with the help of HTML editors, it's even easier. As you'll soon find out, HTML is all about tables and once you wrap your head around that, it's all downhill from there.

There are a few good online destinations that can teach you the necessary HTML programming basics. Because finding these sources can sometimes be a little painful, we have compiled a list of them below. You should be able to find whatever it is that you are looking for somewhere within these pages. You'll be an HTML pro in no time.

HTML Goodies
This is an excellent site about html for those getting started. It offers information on tags, linking pages, how to place images on your page and how to manipulate text (ie. change size, color, type, etc.) and images. Once you've read through this section, you'll be ready to do some coding on your own. This is an excellent HTML programming basics resource.

W3.org
This is a short introduction to writing HTML. Many people still write HTML by hand using tools such as NotePad on Windows, or SimpleText on the Mac. This guide will get you up and running. Even if you don't intend to edit HTML directly and instead plan to use an HTML editor such as Netscape Composer, or W3C's Amaya, this guide will enable you to understand enough to make better use of such tools and how to make your HTML documents accessible on a wide range of browsers. Once you are comfortable with the basics of authoring HTML, you may want to learn how to add a touch of style using CSS, and to go on to try out features covered in my page on advanced HTML.

WebMonkey
Everything you've ever wanted to know about HTML is right here. The site has a teaching tool, an HTML cheat sheet describing the tags and what they mean, introductions to HDML and XHTML. There's also information on adding forms to your pages, how to include symbols, accents and funky characters as well as how meta tags are used.

Stanford's HTML Programming Basics
This guide is designed to be read quickly in a linear fashion, by passing over all the hypertext links and using the 'NEXT' buttons on the toolbars at the top and bottom of each page. The hypertext links lead either to auxilliary background material (extra-credit reading), to digressions, to material you will encounter later if reading in a linear fashion, or to reference-type material. If you are in a hurry, read straight through and then, at your leisure, return to the top of the guide and follow whichever links interest you.