How did you learn HTML

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  1. Bug Mee profile image58
    Bug Meeposted 16 years ago

    A.   Took a class

    B.   Read a book

    C.  Learned bits and pieces here and there and keep learning little by little.

    D.  To hell with HTML - just use website creators or editors.

    I am personally a combination of C, B, and D and still learning all the time!

  2. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 16 years ago


  3. thooghun profile image90
    thooghunposted 16 years ago


  4. kpfingaz profile image65
    kpfingazposted 16 years ago



    1. waynet profile image67
      waynetposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      Hey yeah is the best for html, lots of resources and information, I learned quite alot from them helpful code masters!

  5. Gojiberryjuice profile image60
    Gojiberryjuiceposted 16 years ago

    C - never waste your time learning when there are solutions everywhere.  never learn more than you have to - the rest is a waste of time.

  6. Whitney05 profile image83
    Whitney05posted 16 years ago

    My dad.... What I know all comes from him...

    So, I guess that's 'C.'

  7. joetaylor profile image58
    joetaylorposted 16 years ago as a reference...  Trial&Error + Starting with Full Templates and Reverse Engineering + Studying a lot of source code + using a WYSIWYG editor in the beginning and studying the source (now days I mostly hand code if I'm not outsourcing something)

    I think the most I've learned is from sessions where I had something I wanted or needed done with a template, backed everything up and just started messing around..  learned CSS and PHP in the same way.

    I guess that would qualify as C..

  8. sevenGEIN profile image61
    sevenGEINposted 16 years ago

    I read HTML 4.0 for Dummies from cover to cover a few years ago, as I was deeply interested in making webpages. Since then I've been studying source codes to see how people put things together and just exploring new tags.

  9. chantelg4 profile image68
    chantelg4posted 16 years ago


    Took a U class 4 years ago, then bought a book, then learned bits and pieces, now I just use a visual editor. I hate html!

  10. sevenGEIN profile image61
    sevenGEINposted 16 years ago

    I quite love HTML, and learning how things fit together.

  11. Betty Jo Petty profile image59
    Betty Jo Pettyposted 16 years ago

    what????????  bjp

    1. caspar profile image61
      casparposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      I guess that makes you a D!

  12. CarolAEB profile image60
    CarolAEBposted 16 years ago

    Started with mainly C, but ask a lot of questions of people who know and store 'snippets' of code I think would be useful as I find it; like code for URL link (when I first discovered it wink ) embedded picture beside text codes, name link codes etc.

    But now use D with just a sprinkling of html when needed.

  13. jaymz profile image76
    jaymzposted 16 years ago

    Learned bits and pieces as I created websites back in the day.

  14. darkside profile image60
    darksideposted 16 years ago

    C then A then B.

    I think it started in 1997, otherwise no later than 1998 (ten year anniversary of HTML yay!) and one night I was on the Internet browsing the world wide web through my Netscape browser and I saw this icon on the bottom right of the browser window. I clicked it. It launched Netscape Composer.

    As I wasn't doing much except mindlessly surfing the internet I thought I'd play with it.

    I added text, put in some images and previewed it. My first webpage!

    I then went to Geocities and registered an account and uploaded it.

    Within 1 and a half hours I went from not having a clue about how to make a webpage to having a webpage on the internet. It was a proud moment. Even though it sucked to look at.

    Over the coming days and weeks and months I kept experimenting and playing. I couldn't figure out how to remove the thick blue borders from linked images, so I had to find out how to add it in the code.

    An email link had me stumped. I had to go out and find out how to do that too.

    I was playing with tables and sometimes things would go a bit awry, so I'd have to go into the code and edit it manually.

    The great thing about Composer is it made some very lean code. And to fix things that didn't go right or to add things that I thought would look good I had to go out and do a search and learn how to add it manually.

    So bit by bit, little by little I learnt.

    In 2000 I went and did a full time course in Digital Arts and Media, and web design was a big part of that. I got to use Dreamweaver. But tweaking things or adding content was usually quicker by going into the source code.

    Later that year I bought my first book on HTML. As I started to learn the ins and outs of CSS.

  15. caspar profile image61
    casparposted 16 years ago

    A...then B and C, and I'm almost at D. 

    In 2000 I took an evening class on web design (A), which turned out to be HTML, which I'd never heard of.  Around the same time I took a course in teaching adults.  Within a few months of finishing my HTML class, I ended up having to teach it.  Boy, you have to learn quickly when you've got to teach something to others.  So I bought a book (B). Later I started a few websites of my own, where (C) came in useful. 

    Now I love the ease of Hubpages (and XSitePro), which are kind of D.  But I do really miss hand-coding HTML in Notepad...those were the days.

    And yes, Darkside, Netscape Composer was brilliant - it helped me to sort out many a table I'd mucked up in Notepad.

    1. darkside profile image60
      darksideposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      And Notepad helped me sort out many a table I had mucked up in Composer big_smile

      If you accidentally deleted one of those spaces in a table it would make it look rather yucky. Such as deleting text and leaving the cell blank.

      Many a time I had to go in and put in a nbsp.

  16. topstuff profile image62
    topstuffposted 16 years ago

    A very little idea i have about it. No classes and no training.

  17. sunstreeks profile image80
    sunstreeksposted 16 years ago

    A and C

    I took a class in high school on web design.. But I was the only girl in a class full of cute geeky boys so there was a lot of distraction and not much learning.  I wished I had paid more attention to learning instead of socializing.

  18. stormyweather profile image65
    stormyweatherposted 16 years ago

    I learned it by using a book(s), and lots of online tutorials.

    And if I saw a website that did something I admired, I'd do a View Source of the page and see how they did it. This is especially useful if you want to learn some CSS.


  19. Greg from Maine profile image61
    Greg from Maineposted 16 years ago


  20. kerryg profile image84
    kerrygposted 16 years ago

    Mainly C, and , which is intended for kids, but a good starting place for adults, too. I also did a lot of stealing other people's code, hiding it somewhere deep in my website (after removing any image tags, etc.), and playing with it until I figured out what did what.

  21. SweetiePie profile image82
    SweetiePieposted 16 years ago

    I like simple pages like hubpages where you do not have to use lots of fancy html.  I will learn the html if I have no other choice, but I prefer a simple format.

  22. seamus profile image58
    seamusposted 16 years ago

    I learned from a book, the old HTML Goodies website and practice.

    Now, I hardly every use it because there are so many tools that do it for me. I'm glad. I used to love HTML coding, but I'm ready not to do it these days.

  23. Dave Saunders profile image59
    Dave Saundersposted 16 years ago

    I learned HTML before it was possible to do images. It was much easier back then. As the HTML standard grew, I just learned to new stuff as it was added.

    There are many great docs on the Internet. You can't hurt anything so just start with some simple text and advance from there.

  24. risend profile image54
    risendposted 16 years ago


    I got my hands on this thick 1,000 page guide on HTML 4.0 about 10 years ago and I read it from cover to cover, which even surprised me. I learn a lot through books and I supplement them with online tutorials. Then there is the old and true method of trial and error. I did take a class on it a while back, but I found it wasn't helpful.

    Now it is etched deep into the walls of my brain and I can't get rid of it, which is a good thing because it allows me to focus more on designing.

    1. Karen and Lesley profile image59
      Karen and Lesleyposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      Well we are learning through trial and error.  I'd say more error is definitely in there but hey it's good fun.

      Lesley and Karen

  25. bossprepaid profile image55
    bossprepaidposted 16 years ago

    its simple to learn HTML.

    Copy n Paste.
    Then review it again n again.
    Later, delete some codes n u know, it needs to be Copy n Paste again n again!

  26. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 16 years ago

    I learned 4.1 from a book and experiment. Been good enough
    for me, but now some of it is becoming obsolete, or what they call 'depreciated'. It is being standardized with CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets. This I am trying to learn now. Simply very, very difficult. As for converting hundreds of pages of depreciated 4.1 to CSS, I have to wish myself luck on that one.
    So a heads up.

  27. charlemont profile image74
    charlemontposted 16 years ago

    Once I was quite determined to establish my web presence, so found a free hosting and uploded some pages there. Except for menu bar (which was 3-d party), frames and everything was hand-coded. I spent nights designing very simple pages (and already in those days I concentrated on content!). Then one day my website disappeared from FTP altogether. And I didn't have backup.
    That was learning the hard way.

  28. WeddingConsultant profile image66
    WeddingConsultantposted 16 years ago

    I had a class in college full of html code, but unfortunately that was a number of years ago and most has been forgotten.

    With the emergence of Dreamweaver's user friendly versions, one doesn't really need to know much html code to do a website.

    Study, study, study!

  29. Soya profile image58
    Soyaposted 16 years ago

    mine is first 'C' followed by 'D'

  30. profile image53
    vrajehrcposted 16 years ago

    first attend a html class in any proper institutions.

    Read a html informatics books.goto the any  websites view the source code.

    by practice  your own.  To hell with HTML - just use website creators or editors.

  31. pjdscott profile image69
    pjdscottposted 16 years ago

    I started off on a BBC basic machine and then An Apple II, both of which used an early HTML language. When HTML become popular, I found a website with the basic commands, and being in the lucky position of working at a university, had server space available with which to experiment (in the days when free servers were very uncommon).

    The page was this:


    but I'm not sure if it is still available.

    It was all downhill from there!

  32. lliekamia profile image57
    lliekamiaposted 16 years ago

    will for me,,
    A,B, and C.

  33. molej profile image59
    molejposted 16 years ago

    C There are a lot of websites you can get the basic codes.

    1. profile image0
      RUTHIE17posted 16 years agoin reply to this

      Totally agree!!  C + gobs of snippets from the web, Hub and Squidoo.

  34. thranax profile image70
    thranaxposted 16 years ago

    A B and C I guess lmao.


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