Markup Code Tutorials

In an era of ultra user-friendly website building platforms, you can easily make it from the start to the finish of the web design process without knowing any code at all. That said, there are free resources if you want to develop the skills to integrate further customization or just gain a better understanding of how web design works.

W3Schools provides free in-depth tutorials on a majority of coding languages, including the markup languages that are especially important to web design: HTML and CSS. These two languages determine the appearance of the entire internet. Having even a passing literacy in both will give you a great deal more power over the appearance of a site. Another language relevant to web design is Javascript, which determines the behavior of a site.

W3Schools Tutorials

In addition to tutorials, W3Schools also provides thorough references on a variety of coding-related topics. One that might be useful if you are designing your own site or pages is the reference on cross-platform color options.

For one-off questions about code, the W3C cheatsheet can be used to easily pull up the meaning and use of a particular attribute, element, or line of code. Spot-checking your code can be a useful way to learn more about markup languages.

A screenshot of the W3C cheatsheet used to search "href". The HTML Attribute toggle is opened. The cheatsheet provides information about the attribute, including content, description, and accessibility techniques.
An example of a definition provided by the W3C cheatsheet, including related accessibility considerations. Screenshot by author.