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Learn to speak the universal language of the World Wide Web

Learn Enough HTML Web Basics 01

Learn Enough HTML to Be Dangerous is an introduction to HyperText Markup Language, the language of the World Wide Web. You’ll learn the most important HTML techniques by building a simple but real website, which you’ll start by deploying to the live Web in the very first section!

Learn Enough HTML to Be Dangerous is an introduction to HyperText Markup Language, the language of the World Wide Web. You’ll learn the most important HTML techniques by building a simple but real website, which you’ll start by deploying to the live Web in the very first section!

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Every technical person should know the basics of the World Wide Web, and this set of courses covers the undeniable essentials: HTML, the universal language of the Web; CSS & Layout, which builds an industrial-strength but simple website.

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The language of the Web

The basic building blocks of every site

HyperText Markup Language, or HTML for short, is the universal language of the World Wide Web. Every time you visit a website, the site’s web server sends HTML to your browser, which then renders it as the web page you see on your screen. Because this process is universal, anyone who works with web technologies—which these days means virtually all developers, designers, and even many managers—can benefit from knowing the basics of what HTML is and how it works. Learn Enough HTML to Be Dangerous is designed to give you this foundation in basic HTML.

Appropriately enough, there are lots of HTML tutorials on the Web, but most of them use toy examples, focusing on HTML syntax in isolation, without showing how HTML is written and deployed in real life. In contrast, Learn Enough HTML to Be Dangerous not only shows you how to make real HTML pages, it shows you how to deploy an actual site to the live Web. If you have previously attempted or completed an HTML tutorial, it’s likely that Learn Enough HTML to Be Dangerous will help you “put everything together” in a way you haven’t seen before.

At the same time, there are many HTML books on the market that are substantially too long for what is, at its core, a simple subject. You don’t need to master 500 pages of material to be highly productive with HTML—you just have to learn enough to be dangerous.

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HTML basics

Going straight to the web

Learn Enough HTML to Be Dangerous focuses on core HTML skills, starting with a “hello, world!” page that you’ll deploy to production (!) in the very first chapter. This is the kind of thing you’ll almost never find in other HTML tutorials, but actually shipping your work is a crucially important skill.

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Adding more elements

All text sites are a little boring

Next, you’ll then fill in the main page of your site with formatted text, links, and images. Then you’ll expand your project into a multiple-page site with more advanced features like tables and lists. The result is a tremendous amount of power and flexibility in how you present information on the Web.

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Simple styling

Basic site appearance editing

Finally, you’ll add some inline styling to your site, which will allow you to see the effect of simple style rules on plain HTML elements. Along the way, you’ll run into several important limitations imposed by working with raw HTML, which sets the stage for the next Learn Enough tutorial, Learn Enough CSS & Layout to Be Dangerous.

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About the Authors
Michael-hartl

Michael Hartl

Michael Hartl is the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, one of the leading introductions to web development, and is cofounder and principal author at Learn Enough. Previously, he was a physics instructor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a graduate of Harvard College, has a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, and is an alumnus of the Y Combinator entrepreneur program.

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Lee Donahoe

Learn Enough cofounder Lee Donahoe is an entrepreneur, designer, and front-end developer. In addition to doing the design for Learn Enough, Softcover, and the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, he is also a cofounder and front-end developer for Coveralls.io, a leading test coverage analysis service, and is tech cofounder of Buck Mason, a men’s clothing company once featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. Lee is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he majored in Economics and studied Interactive Multimedia & Technologies.

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