IT Connect
Your connection to information technology at the UW

What Next?

Realizing what you do know, what you don’t know, and what you need to know is really half the battle. This curricula should have given you enough information so you can proceed to the next workshop in the series.

The Workshop Home page mentioned:

This workshop is designed to point you in the right direction and to give you an overview of the technologies involved in publishing Web content.

Returning to the construction example, web design is a lot like any form of engineering — the tools are designed to be very focused in their intent and capabilities. You can then combine the tools together in innumerable ways. That concept allows us to build a PHP page that writes a JavaScript page that writes an HTML page.

The Web Publishing curricula is intended to bootstrap you into the world of web publishing: it gives you a framework to think about the problems in Web Design.


Foregoing the discussion on the Web Design Phases page, the recommended “next” thing in Web design is to learn HTML. Before you do that, though, we should stress the obvious importance of the actual content of your web site. From the experience of this curriculum’s author, it is much easier and a lot less work in the long-run to have all (or at least nearly) of your content created before you start thinking about putting it on a Web site.


The question is then, “how do I write my content if I don’t know HTML?” This is a bit of a chicken-and-the-egg problem, but you may consider learning the increasingly-popular Markdown Syntax (which you can convert to HTML easily using the Online Dingus). Text written in Markdown is very easy to write compared to HTML, is much easier to read (especially for people not familiar with HTML) and is easier to edit. Oh yeah, and learn HTML.