Opera Web Standards Curriculum: A “do things the right way” learning resource

In July the Opera Web Standards Curriculum (WSC) was launched. It is a great initiative that aims to provide a free course for anyone who needs a thorough introduction to the web and how to create standards-based and accessible websites.

The WSC consists of a large number of articles covering topics, including the history of the web, graphic design for the web, HTML, CSS, and accessibility. At the time of this writing 23 articles have been published, with many more to come.

The editor, Chris Mills, asked me if I would be interested in writing a few articles. I said yes, but unfortunately I soon realised that I did not have enough spare time to write as many WSC articles as I would have liked to. My single contribution to the WSC is Choosing the right doctype for your HTML documents. Considering the quality of the articles written by the other authors I think my lack of time may have been for the best.

For a long time I’ve missed having something like the WSC to refer people to when they ask me where to start learning about modern web design and development, so it’s great to finally have a place to send them to.

Even better, the entire course is Creative Commons licensed to allow universities, companies, and other organisations to use it freely.

Know someone who needs to catch up with Web Standards? Help make the web a better place by referring them to the Opera Web Standards Curriculum (WSC).

Posted on September 16, 2008 in Web Standards

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