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HTML The Basics

Welcome to the first lesson of this class. By now you should have read through the entire syllabus.

In this lesson you will be given an overview of HTML and begin your journey of learning some of the basic tags or building blocks of HTML. You will jump right in and create your first web page. You will also learn a bit about how the internet works and about web servers. There are 4 chapters to cover this first week, so make sure you jump right in. Each lesson has some activities for you to do. Instead of homework we call them activities. You will not turn in all of the activities but you should do them. They will strengthen your understanding of HTML.


Day 1 - 4 of textbook (pg. 9 - 92)
Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and XHTML in 21 Days. ISBN 0-672-32519-5

Elements & Tags

  • <HTML>
  • Headings <H1> <H2>
  • <HEAD>
  • <P>
  • <BODY>
  • <UL>
  • <TITLE>
  • <LI>
  • <!DOCTYPE>
  • <OL>


Build a basic HTML page using the following HTML tags: <HTML> <!Doctype><HEAD><BODY><TITLE>. Your Doctype should be "XHTML 1.0 Transitional" for all webpages you build in this class. You see an example of a basic html file on page 66 of Day 4 in the text book. Save this file as shell.html. Using the tags from Day 4, build a basic resume for yourself. Besides the basic tags used for your shell.html file, use the Paragraph, Headings, & at least one of the list types (numbered, ordered, unordered). Your resume should contain your education, skills, and current and past jobs.


Your text book has a great HTML quick reference guide in the font cover of the book.
Getting started with HTML
HTML tutorial

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