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Yorktown High School Hypertext Markup Language Course

AuthorJason Straw Entered2000-12-16 12:00:00 by bcrowell
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SubjectQ.A - Mathematics. Computer science (Computer Science)
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Needs work
by Ben Crowell (crowell09 at (change 09 to current year)) on 2000-12-16 12:00:00, review #26
This very short introduction to HTML is available at The version I'm reviewing is the one that was on the site on Dec. 17, 2000. It is open-source licensed.

My wife recently needed to learn a little HTML, and with a little more work, I think this book could become the one that I would confidently recommend in this situation. Presently, however, I would not recommend it, because too many things are explained unclearly, and there are too many misleading or inaccurate statements.

Lesson 1, The Basics, has an unclear and inaccurate explanation of what it means to set the background color, and states incorrectly that the symbols < and > are called carats.
Lesson 2, Font Size, gives the impression that the purpose of the <h1>, <h2>, ... tags are used for setting font sizes.
Lesson 3, on lists, starts off with an example that would be likely to confuse people about the use of the OL, UL, and LI tags.
Lesson 4 introduces nbsp and quot without explaining what they would be used for.
Lesson 6, Links and Location, give an incorrect explanation of the main purpose of using relative links (which is to make web pages easier to transplant or reorganize).
Lesson 8, Color Choice, uses hexadecimal without explaining what it is.
Lesson 10, Forms, gives an example of a form, but doesn't show how you would actually do anything with the information entered by the user.

The book needs proofreading, and the lessons are numbered inconsistently in the titles and the table of contents.

I would like to encourage the author to put the extra work into this book that would make it a more useful resource for beginning web designers.

Information wants to be free, so make some free information.

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