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  1. Understanding the DOCTYPE

    What is DOCTYPE? The doctype is simply a way to tell the browser—or any other parsers—what type of document they’re looking at. In the case of HTML files, it means the specific version and flavor of HTML. The doctype should always be the first item at the top of all your HTML files, appearing even […]

  2. Creating Accessible Websites 101

    The Bare Bones of Creating an Accessible Website It is always best to try to ensure that your website conforms to Priority 1 (Level A) of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 principle-centered guidelines. There are 3 priorities (levels) within the WCAG 2.0 standards: Priority 1 or Level A conformance is a basic […]

  3. Learn HTML Online

    Is it time for you to begin learning HTML5? Or are you looking for a refresher? Where do you start? Online of course! Between SitePoint and Learnable, we are building a growing library where you can get the web skills you want and need all in one place. Getting Started Courses If you are just […]

  4. Introduction to CSS Selectors

    A CSS selector is the part of a CSS rule set that selects the content you want to style. Let’s look at all the different kinds of selectors available, with a brief description of each. Universal Selector The universal selector works like a wild card character, selecting all elements on a page. You’ll recall, from […]

  5. Introduction to HTML5 Boilerplate

    You may have seen the term ‘HTML5 Boilerplate’ being used around the internet for a while now, but if you had to actually talk to someone about the subject, would you know what you were talking about? More importantly, would you know how to use it? What is HTML5 Boilerplate? A boilerplate is a section […]

  6. Learn CSS3 Online

    Have you explored HTML5 and are now ready to learn about the look and feel aspects of web design? Then you are going to need a little CSS3 magic to make that happen! We are talking colors, buttons, shadows and gradients, all the fancy things to make your website come to life. Between SitePoint and […]

  7. What is Web Accessibility?

    The basis of accessibility is that every Web user should have access to the information and experiences available online. The nature of the Web and the tools used to create and access the information it offers means that some users, like those with visual, auditory, or other physical impairment, have difficulty accessing its content. The […]

  8. What is Responsive Web Design?

    No longer just a buzz phrase, Responsive Web Design is now an essential skill for every web designer and developer. Learn responsive techniques to make your designs look magnificent on any device, future proof them, and reduce development time and budget. RWD (Responsive Web Design) helps you deal with the very real problem of not […]

  9. What is CSS3?

    A web page consists of markup—HTML (HyperText Markup Language) that describes the meaning of the content on the page—and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) that tell the browser how the content should be displayed in browsers and other user agents that need to display it. CSS tells the browser everything from the layout of the page […]

  10. A Look at the HTML5 Nav Element

    It’s safe to assume that this element will appear in virtually every project. nav represents exactly what it implies: a group of navigation links. Although the most common use for nav will be for wrapping an unordered list of links, there are other options. You could also wrap the nav element around a paragraph of […]