Recently, we've heard more web content managers, development directors, and communications professionals asking if they should learn how to make changes to the code on their organization's web pages and newsletters. We say, "If you're interested in giving it a try, absolutely!"
So in September, we've asked Jonathan Julian (http://jonathanjulian.com/), a long-time web developer who works for 410 Labs, to guide a hands-on tour through the basics of HTML (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML) and CSS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSS). Attendees will build their own web page from scratch, learning the purpose and usage of many HTML tags. They will then add style to the web page, using basic CSS to change fonts, colors, margins, and so on. The goal is for you to come away with an understanding of how HTML and CSS work, read the code underlying your web pages and newsletters, have the courage to try to make changes on your own, and know where to turn when you have questions.
Attendees must bring their own laptop. This class will be hands on. You will be editing and displaying web pages on your own computer. If you do not have a laptop, make sure to let us know and we may be able to help you find one.
Attendance is limited. Attendees are not experted to have any experience with HTML or CSS. You simply need to know how to type and use the web.
We also need a small number of people who have some experience with HTML and CSS to act as coaches, who will wander the room and help solve small problems. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and get to know other people in the nonprofit community.