Understanding HTML and CSS
What you'll learn
- Author semantic HTML.
- Use semantic HTML to improve the accessibility of your websites and apps.
- Layout web pages visually using CSS.
- Read and understand the HTML and CSS specifications to be able to continue teaching yourself.
- Understand how browser rendering engines work.
- Gain a proper understanding of the CSS cascade, inheritance, and specificity.
- Advanced CSS features like Flexbox and Grid.
- No experience needed.
In this course you'll gain a deep understanding of HTML and CSS (HTML5, CSS3 and beyond), as we dive into how these technologies really work. We'll look at the problems HTML and CSS are trying to solve and how they solve them. We'll dive into how browser rendering engines really work. We'll gain confidence to read and understand the HTML and CSS specifications, so you can continue to teach yourself in the future and keep your skills fresh.
Along the way we’ll follow our core philosophy of “Don’t Imitate, Understand”. Simply copying others’ projects won’t help you when faced with a real-world job that doesn’t look like the projects you’ve copied. To succeed in a real world job, you need to truly understand.
This course is designed for beginners to learn from scratch, but also to break experienced developers out of bad habits.
Some things you will learn in this course are:
Learn to author semantic HTML.
Learn how semantic HTML improves the accessibility of your user interface.
Learn to read and understand the HTML and CSS specifications, so you can continue to teach yourself.
Understand how browser rendering engines work, under the hood.
Gain a deep understanding of the browser DOM.
Gain a proper understanding of the CSS cascade, inheritance, and specificity.
Understand advanced CSS features such as Flexbox and Grid.
If you are new to HTML and CSS: you will learn fundamentals and skills that will help you the rest of your career.
If you are an experienced developer: you will learn to reset your mental models, understand and rely on the official specifications, and dramatically improve your day-to-day development experience.
Who this course is for:
- Complete beginners as well as experienced developers.
Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, now married and living in upstate New York, Tony is primarily focused these days on trying to be a good husband. While inexperienced at that, he's quite experienced in all things web.
Tony has been programming since he was 12 years old, and got into web sites and web application development at 16. After graduating with a Computer Science degree from Case Western Reserve University, Tony continued with that interest as a Microsoft certified software application developer and architect, database designer, and user interface designer.
He believes strongly that deeply understanding any topic allows you to properly learn it and, even more importantly in a real-world environment, quickly overcome problems.
He also has a deep interest in human nature and behavior, and how that impacts human-computer interaction. This interest translated into extending his career into user experience design and usability research.
Another link in the chain is his 25 years of experience in public speaking and teaching, both in front of large groups and as a one-on-one private instructor.
Putting all these pieces together, he has spent his career listening to a client need, designing a database and software to meet that need, building it, testing it, teaching others how to use it, then improving user experience by watching people actually use it and adjusting accordingly.
Tony loves teaching every aspect of what he does, and even more loves teaching in a way that imparts understanding, as opposed to just examples intended to be parroted. He loves that moment when a student 'gets it', and that's what he wants for you when you take one of his courses.
He has found that those that learn purely by example, and not by understanding, end up much more limited than they need to be.
"Examples need to be built on top of context, and once you have context, you can not only copy the examples you find, but adjust and improve upon them."
He firmly believes that everyone has the ability to develop software, if they are just taught properly. Including you.
"It is my pleasure and privilege to teach you. I hope you'll come away knowing something you didn't before, understanding at a level deeper than before, and feeling positive that you can accomplish what you've set out to accomplish. Thank you!" - Tony Alicea
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