Doggie style HTML

Patrick Griffiths recently launched HTML Dog, a collection of resources and guides, with the ambition to help people learn standards compliant HTML and CSS.

The underlying philosophy behind this website is to focus standards-compliant HTML and CSS (as established and maintained by their founding fathers and guardian angels—The World Wide Web Consortium) but without making a big deal about it. The current way of learning HTML seems to be to learn it the old, non-standard hack way and then, if so inclined (which most probably wouldn’t be), to learn about standards at a later date. But I can’t see any reason not to teach standards compliant HTML and CSS from the bottom up without saying there’s anything special about it—it’s just the way it’s done.

Yes, there are other resources for learning HTML and CSS out there, but I don’t know that I’ve come across one that focuses on web standards before. And a resource that does just that is needed. Plenty of people who think of themselves as HTML experts would probably be surprised by how much they would learn just from HTML Dog’s HTML beginner’s Guide.

A great initiative that I hope gets lots of visitors.

Posted on October 13, 2003 in Web Standards, (X)HTML