The World Wide Web is yet another milestone in the development of human communication structures. At the end of the 20th century it triggered a revolution like the one seen 500 years earlier with Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press: Virtually anyone has the ability to publish any type of information in the form of texts, images, animations, sounds or videos on the web and open the door to millions of people around the globe. Services can be offered or products sold on web pages and individuals are given a platform for presenting their ideas or telling stories.
The basis for this is Hypertext Markup Language (or HTML for short). But HTML is far more than just another way of creating impressive looking documents. Its major importance is right in the name: Hypertext. Documents written in HTML can be linked to others like them or to virtually any other information on the internet. This has created a global communications network in which virtually any kind of information can be accessed (and every product is available) any time at all.
The purpose of this course is to acquaint you with the basic concepts and elements of HTML and to show you how to use these elements in efficient web design. You’ll learn how to clearly structure texts, create tables, forms and lists, insert hyperlinks and embed images and videos. Special attention will be given to the many new features in HTML5.
This course should help you to adopt the philosophy of HTML and make good use of everyday tools. After working through this course you should be able to come up with other possible applications on your own should the need arise. And indeed you should, because HTML is evolving constantly.
Frank L. Schad
Nuremberg, August 2016