Teach Yourself HTML

Attend this meetup if you want to start teaching yourself the language of the World Wide Web, HTML, with other beginners (Newbes). Only prerequisite is that you have a laptop and a positive attitude. You can also attend the group to meet the organizers and host and check out the East Oakland tech vibe at SydeWayz ;)

Why learn HTML?

• Good first language because you can see the results of your code right away.

• Lot's of free online tutorials, tools, and downloadable programs to help you start creating working code at your own pace.

• It's fun and visually rewarding. You can hack others code to learn advanced techniques and styles.

• It is core computer knowledge. Even if you plan on specializing in another language, you will probably have to know some HTML

What can I expect from this meetup? To meet others who have similar interests in computers and programming, who can become a support base and study group to help stay focused and maintain pace for completing a self-appointed course.

I will post links to some online resources soon.

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  • Glenn G.

    All the WYSIWYG editors are okay. But at some point, one has got to develop a subset of HTML 5.0, HTML 4.01 or XHTML 1.0 to insure that all of their designs have a standard look and feel across all of the browsers. Personally I use Aptana Studio 3 for HTML and PHP development. http://aptana.com When I am looking at SQL language, I have to embed in either PHP, AJAX or ASPX pages, I use Komodo Edit. It is at http://www.activestate.com/komodo-edit The editor is free whereas the IDE interface has a licensing fee. Both are great editors in my opinion; yet, I hate the way each attempts to complete HTML code. But nothing is perfect. I wish NOTEPAD had color. JUST JOKING!!

    September 20, 2013

  • Carlton M.

    add Kompozer to the previous list: http://kompozer.net/

    September 19, 2013

    • Carlton M.

      Hi Steve. Have you used the firebug extension? How does it compare to the Web Dev extension?

      September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've used Firebug a little but never really got the hang of it, so I can't offer much of a comparison...

      September 20, 2013

  • Michael

    Hi Carlton, great meeting. I enjoyed meeting everyone, including Yakpasua. I will come through next week just as a participent and not to propose any changes. Thanks Carlton for initiating a good meeting.

    September 20, 2013

    • Carlton M.

      Thanks Michael. Looking forward to seeing you at the next one!

      September 20, 2013

  • Michael

    I thought it was good. I suppose a consensus will manifest in way of folk returning to follow-up. I plan on coming next week to see how things go.

    September 20, 2013

  • Carlton M.

    It's fun to hack existing web pages to see how they work. It really compliments the study. Here are two wysiwyg editors you can download and run for free that allow you to do this. What (free) tools do you use?.
    www.seamonkey-project.org
    http://www.w3.org/Amaya/

    September 19, 2013

  • Carlton M.

    Here are a few online HTML tutorials. Can you recommend any?
    http://www.w3schools.com/html/
    http://www.htmldog.com/guides/html/beginner/
    http://html.net/tutorials/html/
    womenlearningtech1.wikispaces.com/ (hacking with Mozilla children's tools)

    September 19, 2013

  • Sang C.

    I just try to find Sydewayz caffe on yelp and its said close by 9am to 7pm. I am confused!! is that the place at 5849 MacArthur Blvd
    (between Camden St & Seminary Ave)
    Oakland, CA 94605

    September 19, 2013

    • Carlton M.

      Do not fret, Sang. We will be there. Seminary and MacArthur intersect right where Sidewayz is. Looking forward to meeting you!

      September 19, 2013

    • Sang C.

      No worries, will be there on time!

      September 19, 2013

  • Glenn G.

    Forgot to add link http://w3c.org

    September 9, 2013

    • Carlton M.

      Thanks for the info. Glenn!

      September 19, 2013

  • Felix O.

    Can't make it today koz I just joined and booked for the evening but definitely interested in the next one!

    September 19, 2013

  • Sang C.

    NO space !!! Please let me know if there is anyway to attend the session.

    September 13, 2013

    • Carlton M.

      Thanks Steve.

      September 19, 2013

    • Sang C.

      Thanks Steve.

      September 19, 2013

  • Moe J.

    My laptop just Died!!!! Killed really, but dead nonetheless. May I share a computer with someone? Or is one's own computer very important?

    September 19, 2013

    • Carlton M.

      Greetins Moe.

      September 19, 2013

    • Carlton M.

      Sorry to hear about your laptop. Yes, you need your own. Good news is that we will be having another meetup real soon! Stay tuned!

      1 · September 19, 2013

  • Moe J.

    My laptop fritzed out. Might stop by anyway, though.

    September 19, 2013

  • howard d.

    Strange... I've had this event on my G-Calendar for a few days and I have a filled out profile... But now I am on the wait list.

    September 14, 2013

  • Sang C.

    I am in..excited to meet you all and start my first step to learn programming. Whew :)

    September 13, 2013

  • Glenn G.

    One more important topic to add under learning HTML. That is learn the W3C international standards. Learn to be 508 and handicapped accessible compliant. Over 25% of the adults wanting to purchase items in the USA off the Internet have some sort of disability. Also, coding to standards helps with finding in search engines

    1 · September 9, 2013

    • Glenn G.

      Handicapped is only archaic if one in only dealing with a US market. All this PC correctness causes many unnecessary problems, misinterpretations and errors when dealing in international commerce and trade. The 508 standards will never reach WCAG 2.0 standards as a review of the Section 508 site shows that ever it is not compliant to its own standards.

      September 11, 2013

    • Glenn G.

      Adherance to WCAG 2.0 standards is necessary if one wants the broadest base for their web presence. W3C standards are still the way to go when building a site that may undergo many revisions. The operative lesson in these discussions in the adherance to a standard and not the latest and greatest widget that comes along. Finally this is keeping with my mantra"If they cannot see you, they do not know they need you." Know your audience and your site conversion will grow.

      September 11, 2013

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