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Beginning With HTML5

Never written any HTML5 code before? Scared of the thought? Think its an impossible minefield to overcome?

 

Don’t fear! If you take baby steps you will soon learn to run with it and start making all sorts of content and you never know, you may move on to use other dynamic languages that you once thought impossible!

What do I need to write webcode?

A text editor

Yes, thats it! All you need is the standard text editor that comes with your computer.

What is HTML?

HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language and is the basic code that every website in the entire world is written in, including this one. If you want to get a quick look at what HTML looks like then simply right click your mouse here and select the option that says “View Source” or “View Code” or similar.

HTML is used to build a webpage’s text, content and structure among other things.

Every webpage has the ability to add text, images, videos etc. and each of these is inserted into a page using standard HTML syntax, which can then be interpreted by computer systems. In addition to structuring the page, HTML can also be used to describe what each section contains (navigation, footer, header, content areas etc.)

What HTML doesn’t do however is “style” the site, in terms of font sizes, colours, borders, backgrounds etc. these are handled by another relatively simple language called Cascading Style Sheets or CSS, but we will get to that later. You may also have heard of other languages such as JavaScript and PHP but we don’t need to worry ourselves with these for now but they are good to know about for future development.

The current version of HTML as we speak is HTML 5 and the biggest advantages of HTML5 over previous versions is the usage of new features such as LocalStorage, Video and new interactive form elements.

Tools

Before you start building your sites you will need to set up your development area, while not strictly necessary it is best to download as many web browsers and text editors you can to get an idea of how web browsers affect differently the code you write. Try to get Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Intenet Explorer and Opera as a starting base.

A word of warning, the further in to your development you go the more and more angry will you get with previous versions of Internet Explorer (pre version 9), as it does some strange things and doesn’t support HTML5 at all.

In terms of text editors, there are thousands of them out there but as a great general purpose free one (and the one I personally use) get Notepad++

Now that we have our system set up it’s time to actually start coding some HTML5, we will cover this in our next post which can be found from out blog.

If you would like any help coding up your HTML5 pages then why not get in contact with us here at Network Intellect.

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