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Intro to HTML/CSS - Jan/Feb Session

Want to learn how to build your own website? Already have your own Tumblr/Wordpress/etc site, but want to have more control over it? Interested in learning to program but want to start small? This class is for you!

We will guide you through the basics of HTML and CSS, give you some readily-applicable skills, and answer any questions you may have along the way.

The course will be facilitated by Erin M. Kidwell and instructred by John Back at the Brandery with 3-4 teaching assistants present during each class.

This 4-class HTML/CSS course runs for four Tuesdays:

  • Class 1, HTML Basics: January 29, 7-9pm
  • Class 2, Introduction to CSS: February 5, 7-9pm
  • Class 3, CSS Positioning and Page Layout: February 12, 7-9pm
  • Class 4, Common Web Layouts, Tips and Tricks: February 19, 7-9pm

At this time, you will need to provide your own laptop - PC or Mac - to participate in the course.

Please install the following prior to class:

- Aptana version 3, a web development tool. (For Macs, requires at least OS v10.5. A free alternative you can use if you are on OS 10.4 is Komodo Edit.)

Also, as an alternative to Internet Explorer, please install either Chrome, Safari, or Firefox + Firebug:
-   Firebug, a Firefox extension with a plethora of tools handy in web development  
-   Firefox browser

John Back is a web developer based in Cincinnati, OH.  He currently works as a developer for Rockfish Digital with a focus on backend development and rapid prototyping. John is active in the startup community with such startups as Canopi.  John enjoys living in downtown Cincinnati, competitive kickball, and being a vegetarian.  He also blogs about being a startup CTO at
















This course will take place at The Brandery, so you must provide your FULL NAME when you enroll to be admitted into the building. The Brandery is located at 1411 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Street parking and a pay-lot are both available.


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  • John David B.

    Hello, the best students ever! I think it would be a GREAT idea if you spent 20-30 minutes between now and tomorrow evening brushing up on the CSS we learned last week. We're going even deeper down the rabbit hole tomorrow.

    Please email me with any thoughts, questions, problems, aspirations, hopes, etc.

    Last week's presentation:

    February 18, 2013

  • John David B.

    Hi Everyone! Just want to get you excited for tomorrow's class, and to check to see if anyone had any questions.

    Try to take 10 or 15 minutes to go through the exercises again, create some HTML tags/elements, and otherwise just experiment a little bit. Tomorrow we're going to get into some exciting CSS!

    February 4, 2013

  • Jane

    Great start!!!!

    January 29, 2013

  • Emilie

    I was unable to make the class 4 in the summer session (I think it was August). Would it be possible if I came to that particular class versus having to take each one over again?

    January 4, 2013

    • Erin M. K.

      Hi Emilie - that would be fine. We'll put you down to attend on 2/19. Let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

      January 4, 2013

    • Erin M. K.

      Of course, Chenney. I'll add you to the registry. Let me know if you have any other questions - [masked]. Thanks!

      January 7, 2013

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