Introduction to HTML

Characteristics Of This Class:

Whether you're coding by hand or using a web design tool like Dreamweaver or WordPress, you're writing HTML, the lingua franca of web browsers. All web designers will eventually need to learn HyperText Markup Language, and it's surprisingly easy!

This workshop will have you writing HTML in just one night with the basics of the language. You'll learn how HTML defines the structure of a web page by identifying types of content, and best practices for using HTML elements.

This workshop will cover:

  • HTML 4 vs. XHTML
  • The DOCTYPE and why it's crucial
  • Elements, the basic building blocks of a web page
  • How CSS relates to HTML
  • How to write clean, standards-compliant code
  • The future of HTML
  • What NOT to do

Who Should Take This:

Any beginning web designer who wants to hand-code, or who wants a better understanding of what Dreamweaver, WordPress, and other visual editors are writing. You should understand the Fundamentals of Web Design first.

Douglas Wray

Douglas Wray

Doug Wray has been working with online information systems since 1984. Starting in science using TeX and LaTeX realtime rendering on Macs progressing to desktop publishing for commercial printing thence into web design. He's used numerous electron-herding methods including HTML and CSS. Sometime in 2001 he broke with conventional wisdom and stopped using tables for structure - following in the footsteps of Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman. He now builds websites exclusively with CSS and finds it an exciting and challenging pursuit.

He was very informative and friendly.

Austin, 9/18/2014

This class really helped fill in some of the blanks I had for basic HTML. The instructor was very knowledgable as well.

Danny, 6/10/2014

Doug is a fount of information. He's an obvious expert who adeptly and easily takes his students into the design world back stage. He's fantastic!

Laura, 1/23/2014

The class reinforced current knowledge while providing new tips. Really nice to have class with a live person.

Ramsay, 1/23/2014

The instructor was very informative with an entertaining and interesting delivery. I recommend including activities for us to work on.

Kristin, 1/23/2014

It seemed a little over my head since I've never tried building a site or coding before, so I'm still not sure how to start.

Katherine, 1/23/2014

Doug is very knowledgeable and helpful. He makes all components of web design accessible, regardless of your level of experience.

Arielle, 10/16/2013

Helpful tips and hints to get started & to find more tutorial info.

Hannah, 10/16/2013

Very informational and will be helpful for my job.

Erica, 7/16/2013

Definitely helped me see things more clearly, and eager to learn more.

Beverly, 7/16/2013

Doug Wray is amazing! He has the rare blend of visual and verbal - very articulate, astute, and I love his wit and humor.

Nadia Eve, 4/16/2013

It gave me a better understanding of basic HTML.

Katherine, 1/23/2013

Detailed introduction to HTML delivered in a lively manner.

Kathryn, 7/17/2012


Trevor, 7/17/2012

Instructor had great presentation skills and was very knowledgeable.

Mark, 3/27/2012

It was a lot of great information. The instructor was very knowledgeable.

Martyanne, 3/27/2012

Great intro with practical examples and great links.

Lindsay, 10/13/2011

Good Preview, intro,...the code examples at the end were especially helpful.

Rob, 7/20/2011

Doug is a good instructor and easy to understand. I like his sense of humor and teaching style!

Melody, 2/17/2011

Gave me a solid overview of HTML.

Mark, 10/7/2010

I really liked going a bit beyond HTML to the explanations of CSS & Java script to understand how it all fit together.

Diane, 8/4/2010

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Payment Program Details

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Payment 1
Paid at time of registration.
$17.25 $22.25
Payment 2
Due one month after registration.
$17.25 $22.25
Payment 3
Due two months after registration.
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Payment 4
Due three months after registration.
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Registration Fees

BDA Members: $59.00

Non-Members: $79.00

Registration Discount Applied
You save $10.00 by registering before midnight on 1/9/2015. Standard registration fees for this program are $69.00 for members and $89.00 for non-members.

Scheduled Dates

January 13, 2015

Complete Schedule:
1/13/2015 | 6-9pm

Location: Boulder (Details)


May 21, 2015

Complete Schedule:
5/21/2015 | 6pm - 9pm

Location: Boulder (Details)