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Introduction to HTML5, University of Michigan

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About this Course

Thanks to a growing number of software programs, it seems as if anyone can make a webpage. But what if you actually want to understand how the page was created? There are great textbooks and online resources for learning web design, but most of those resources require some background knowledge. This course is designed to help the novice who wants to gain confidence and knowledge. We will explore the theory (what actually happens when you click on a link on a webpage?), the practical (what do I need to know to make my own page?), and the overlooked (I have a page, what do I do now?). Throughout the course there will be a strong emphasis on adhering to syntactic standards for validation and semantic standards to promote wide accessibility for users with disabilities. The textbook we use is available online, “The Missing Link: An Introduction to Web Development and Programming” by Michael Mendez from This course will appeal to a wide variety of people, but specifically those who would like a step-by-step description of the basics. There are no prerequisites for this course and it is assumed that students have no prior programming skills or IT experience. The course will culminate in a small final project that will require the completion of a very simple page with links and images. The focus of this course is on the basics, not appearance. You can see a sample final page at This is the first course in the Web Design For Everybody specialization. Subsequent courses focus on the marketable skills of styling the page with CSS3, adding interactivity with JavaScript and enhancing the styling with responsive design. You can see a sample site for the capstone course at

Top reviews


Sep 27, 2017

I really enjoyed everything about this course. I thought the exercises/quizzes were fair and the instructor showed me many things that will serve me well going forward. Great course, great instructor!


Nov 11, 2017

Good introduction to web development. The teacher (Colleen van Lent) has great attitude and seems interested in getting students themselves interested... she explained the intro topics very clearly.

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By Charles Lamma

Dec 10, 2018

Good introduction to HTML5 coding.

By Zakria Hussine

Dec 09, 2018

thanks for your Efforts .. my best Wishes

By Pravin Kumar Patel

Dec 09, 2018

Awesome video lecture and content

By Sudhanshu Rawat

Dec 09, 2018

that was really awesome learning this course.

By Drew Carson

Dec 08, 2018

Great overview/review course on HTML5.

By Albina Dunga

Dec 06, 2018

very useful

By Mutwakil Salah Ibrahim Abdalla

Dec 05, 2018

Very good !

By Jatin G

Dec 05, 2018

No practice with coding, just videos

By Fardin Khan

Dec 04, 2018

this course is just awesome.this can really teach me html5.

By Ali

Dec 03, 2018

Excellent course like all U.Michigan courses!