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The links on this page lead to a variety of tutorials and training materials. Whether you are just starting out, learning the basics, or are an old hand at web development, you can find helpful resources here for best practices. These resources are created by forward-thinking companies and web developers who have embraced open standards and best practices for web development and that provide or allow translations, through an open content license such as Creative Commons.

 

HTML tutorials

Introductory level

The Basics of HTML (WebPlatform.org)
What HTML is, what it does, its history in brief, and what the structure of an HTML document looks like. The articles that follow this one look at each individual part of HTML in much greater depth.
Basic Structure of a Web Page (SitePoint)
Learn how HTML elements fit together into the bigger picture.
MDN HTML Element Reference
A comprehensive reference for HTML elements, and how the different browsers support them.
HTML Challenges (Wikiversity)
Use these challenges to hone your HTML skills (for example, "Should I use an <h2> element or a <strong> element?"), focusing on meaningful mark-up.
CodeAvengers (CodeAvengers.com)
Code Avengers is the fun, effective way to learn to code web apps and games with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Advanced level

Tips for Authoring Fast-Loading HTML Pages
Optimize web pages to provide a more responsive site for visitors and reduce the load on your web server and Internet connection.
Dive into HTML5 (Mark Pilgrim)
Learn about a selection of features of HTML5, the newest version of the HTML specification.
HTML5 Tutorials (HTML5 Rocks)
Take a guided tour through code that uses HTML5 features.
Semantics in HTML5 (A List Apart)
Learn meaningful markup that is extensible and backwards- and forwards-compatible.
Canvas Tutorial
Learn how to draw graphics using scripting using the canvas element.
HTML5 Doctor
Articles about using HTML5 right now.
The Joy of HTML5 Audio (Elated)
Learn how to use the HTML audio element to embed sounds in your web pages easily. Lots of code examples are included in the tutorial.

Javascript tutorials

Introductory level

Codecademy (Codecademy)
Codecademy is the easiest way to learn how to code JavaScript. It's interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends.
Getting Started with JavaScript
What is JavaScript and how can it help you?
Programming – The Real Basics (WebPlatform.org)
Basic fundamentals of programming. Following articles introduce what you can do with JavaScript, best practices for using it, and more.
JavaScript Best Practices (WebPlatform.org)
Learn about some of the obvious and (not so) obvious best practices when writing JavaScript.
CodeAvengers (CodeAvengers.com)
Code Avengers is the fun, effective way to learn to code web apps and games with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
w3schools (w3schools.com/js)
w3schools is a good reference guide for introductions to JavaScript and a reference for intermediate and advanced users.
 

Intermediate level

A Re-Introduction to JavaScript
A recap of the JavaScript programming language aimed at intermediate-level developers.
Eloquent JavaScript
A comprehensive guide to intermediate and advanced JavaScript methodologies.
Essential JavaScript Design Patterns (Addy Osmani)
An introduction to essential JavaScript design patterns.
The JavaScript Programming Language (YUI Blog)
Douglas Crockford explores the language as it is today, and how it came to be.
Introduction to Object-Oriented JavaScript
Learn about the JavaScript object model.

Advanced level

Learning Advanced JavaScript (John Resig)
John Resig's guide to advanced JavaScript.
Introducing the JavaScript DOM (Elated)
What is the Document Object Model, and why is it useful? This article gives you a gentle introduction to this powerful JavaScript feature.
An Inconvenient API: The Theory of the DOM (YUI Blog)
Douglas Crockford explains the Document Object Model.
Advanced JavaScript (YUI Blog)
Douglas Crockford looks closely at code patterns from which JavaScript programmers can choose in authoring their applications.
JavaScript Garden
Documentation of the most quirky parts of JavaScript.
Which JavaScript Framework? (StackOverflow)
Advice on choosing a JavaScript framework.
Non-Blocking JavaScript Downloads (YUI Blog)
Tips on improving the download performance of pages containing JavaScript.
JavaScript Guide
A comprehensive, regularly updated guide to JavaScript for all levels of learning from beginner to advanced.

CSS tutorials

Introductory level

CSS Getting Started
This tutorial introduces you to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). It guides you through the basic features of CSS with practical examples that you can try for yourself on your own computer.
CSS Selector Classes (Wikiversity)
What are classes in CSS?
External CSS (Wikiversity)
Using CSS from an external style sheet.
Adding a Touch of Style (W3C)
A brief beginner's guide to styling web pages with CSS.
Common CSS Questions
Common questions and answers for beginners.
CodeAvengers (CodeAvengers.com)
Code Avengers is the fun, effective way to learn to code web apps and games with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Intermediate level

CSS Reference
Complete reference to CSS, with details on support by Firefox and other browsers.
CSS Challenges (Wikiversity)
Flex your CSS skills, and see where you need more practice.
Intermediate CSS Concepts (HTML.net)
Grouping, pseudo-classes, and more.
CSS Positioning 101 (A List Apart)
Using positioning for standards-compliant, table-free layout.
Progressive Enhancement with CSS (A List Apart)
Integrate progressive enhancement into your web pages with CSS.
Fluid Grids (A List Apart)
Design layouts that fluidly resize with the browser window, while still using a typographic grid.

Advanced level

Using CSS Transforms
Apply rotation, skewing, scaling, and translation using CSS.
CSS Transitions
CSS transitions, part of the draft CSS3 specification, provide a way to animate changes to CSS properties, instead of having the changes take effect instantly.
Quick Guide to Implement Web Fonts with @font-face (HTML5 Rocks)
The @font-face feature from CSS3 allows you to use custom typefaces on the web in an accessible, manipulatable, and scalable way.
Starting to Write CSS (David Walsh)
An introduction to tools and methodologies to write more succinct, maintainable, and scalable CSS.

 

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<p>The links on this page lead to a variety of tutorials and training materials. Whether you are just starting out, learning the basics, or are an old hand at web development, you can find helpful resources here for best practices. These resources are created by forward-thinking companies and web developers who have embraced open standards and best practices for web development and that provide or allow translations, through an open content license such as Creative Commons.</p>
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<table class="topicpage-table">
  <tbody>
    <tr>
      <td>
        <h2 class="Documentation" id="Documentation" name="Documentation">HTML tutorials</h2>
        <h3 id="Introductory_level">Introductory level</h3>
        <dl>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/guides/the_basics_of_html" rel="external">The Basics of HTML</a> (WebPlatform.org)</dt>
          <dd>
            What HTML is, what it does, its history in brief, and what the structure of an HTML document looks like. The articles that follow this one look at each individual part of HTML in much greater depth.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://reference.sitepoint.com/html/page-structure" rel="external">Basic Structure of a Web Page</a> (SitePoint)</dt>
          <dd>
            Learn how HTML elements fit together into the bigger picture.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/HTML/Element">MDN HTML Element Reference</a></dt>
          <dd>
            A comprehensive reference for HTML elements, and how the different browsers support them.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://wikiversity.org/wiki/Web_Design/HTML_Challenges" rel="external">HTML Challenges</a> (Wikiversity)</dt>
          <dd>
            Use these challenges to hone your HTML skills (for example, "Should I use an &lt;h2&gt; element or a &lt;strong&gt; element?"), focusing on meaningful mark-up.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://codeavengers.com/" title="http://codeavengers.com/">CodeAvengers</a> (CodeAvengers.com)</dt>
          <dd>
            Code Avengers is the fun, effective way to learn to code web apps and games with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.</dd>
        </dl>
        <h3 id="Advanced_level">Advanced level</h3>
        <dl>
          <dt>
            <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Tips_for_Authoring_Fast-loading_HTML_Pages">Tips for Authoring Fast-Loading HTML Pages</a></dt>
          <dd>
            Optimize web pages to provide a more responsive site for visitors and reduce the load on your web server and Internet connection.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://diveintohtml5.info/" rel="external">Dive into HTML5</a> (Mark Pilgrim)</dt>
          <dd>
            Learn about a selection of features of HTML5, the newest version of the HTML specification.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.html5rocks.com/tutorials/" rel="external">HTML5 Tutorials</a> (HTML5 Rocks)</dt>
          <dd>
            Take a guided tour through code that uses HTML5 features.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.alistapart.com/articles/semanticsinhtml5/" rel="external">Semantics in HTML5</a> (A List Apart)</dt>
          <dd>
            Learn meaningful markup that is extensible and backwards- and forwards-compatible.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Canvas_tutorial">Canvas Tutorial</a></dt>
          <dd>
            Learn how to draw graphics using scripting using the canvas element.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://html5doctor.com/" rel="external">HTML5 Doctor</a></dt>
          <dd>
            Articles about using HTML5 right now.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.elated.com/articles/html5-audio/" rel="external">The Joy of HTML5 Audio</a> (Elated)</dt>
          <dd>
            Learn how to use the HTML audio element to embed sounds in your web pages easily. Lots of code examples are included in the tutorial.</dd>
        </dl>
      </td>
      <td>
        <h2 class="Documentation" id="Documentation" name="Documentation">Javascript tutorials</h2>
        <h3 id="Introductory_level">Introductory level</h3>
        <dl>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.codecademy.com/">Codecademy</a> (Codecademy)</dt>
          <dd>
            Codecademy is the easiest way to learn how to code JavaScript. It's interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/JavaScript/Getting_Started">Getting Started with JavaScript</a></dt>
          <dd>
            What is JavaScript and how can it help you?</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/concepts/programming/programming_basics" rel="external">Programming – The Real Basics</a> (WebPlatform.org)</dt>
          <dd>
            Basic fundamentals of programming. Following articles introduce what you can do with JavaScript, best practices for using it, and more.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/javascript-best-practices/" rel="external">JavaScript Best Practices</a><a href="http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/tutorials/javascript_best_practices" title="http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/tutorials/javascript_best_practices"> </a>(WebPlatform.org)</dt>
          <dd>
            Learn about some of the obvious and (not so) obvious best practices when writing JavaScript.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://codeavengers.com/" title="http://codeavengers.com/">CodeAvengers</a> (CodeAvengers.com)</dt>
          <dd>
            Code Avengers is the fun, effective way to learn to code web apps and games with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/" title="http://www.w3schools.com/js/">w3schools</a> (w3schools.com/js)</dt>
          <dd>
            w3schools is a good reference guide for introductions to JavaScript and a reference for intermediate and advanced users.</dd>
          <dt>
            &nbsp;</dt>
        </dl>
        <h3 id="Intermediate_level">Intermediate level</h3>
        <dl>
          <dt>
            <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/A_re-introduction_to_JavaScript">A Re-Introduction to JavaScript</a></dt>
          <dd>
            A recap of the JavaScript programming language aimed at intermediate-level developers.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://eloquentjavascript.net/contents.html" rel="external">Eloquent JavaScript</a></dt>
          <dd>
            A comprehensive guide to intermediate and advanced JavaScript methodologies.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.addyosmani.com/resources/essentialjsdesignpatterns/book/" rel="external">Essential JavaScript Design Patterns</a> (Addy Osmani)</dt>
          <dd>
            An introduction to essential JavaScript design patterns.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.yuiblog.com/blog/2007/01/24/video-crockford-tjpl/" rel="external">The JavaScript Programming Language</a> (YUI Blog)</dt>
          <dd>
            Douglas Crockford explores the language as it is today, and how it came to be.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Introduction_to_Object-Oriented_JavaScript">Introduction to Object-Oriented JavaScript</a></dt>
          <dd>
            Learn about the JavaScript object model.</dd>
        </dl>
        <h3 id="Advanced_level">Advanced level</h3>
        <dl>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://ejohn.org/apps/learn/" rel="external">Learning Advanced JavaScript</a> (John Resig)</dt>
          <dd>
            John Resig's guide to advanced JavaScript.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.elated.com/articles/javascript-dom-intro/" rel="external">Introducing the JavaScript DOM</a> (Elated)</dt>
          <dd>
            What is the Document Object Model, and why is it useful? This article gives you a gentle introduction to this powerful JavaScript feature.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://yuiblog.com/blog/2006/10/20/video-crockford-domtheory/" rel="external">An Inconvenient API: The Theory of the DOM</a> (YUI Blog)</dt>
          <dd>
            Douglas Crockford explains the Document Object Model.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://yuiblog.com/blog/2006/11/27/video-crockford-advjs/" rel="external">Advanced JavaScript</a> (YUI Blog)</dt>
          <dd>
            Douglas Crockford looks closely at code patterns from which JavaScript programmers can choose in authoring their applications.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://bonsaiden.github.com/JavaScript-Garden/" rel="external">JavaScript Garden</a></dt>
          <dd>
            Documentation of the most quirky parts of JavaScript.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://stackoverflow.com/questions/394601/which-javascript-framework-jquery-vs-dojo-vs" rel="external">Which JavaScript Framework?</a> (StackOverflow)</dt>
          <dd>
            Advice on choosing a JavaScript framework.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://yuiblog.com/blog/2008/07/22/non-blocking-scripts/" rel="external">Non-Blocking JavaScript Downloads</a> (YUI Blog)</dt>
          <dd>
            Tips on improving the download performance of pages containing JavaScript.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/JavaScript/Guide">JavaScript Guide</a></dt>
          <dd>
            A comprehensive, regularly updated guide to JavaScript for all levels of learning from beginner to advanced.</dd>
        </dl>
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td colspan="2">
        <h2 class="Documentation" id="Documentation" name="Documentation">CSS tutorials</h2>
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>
        <h3 id="Introductory_level">Introductory level</h3>
        <dl>
          <dt>
            <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/CSS/Getting_Started">CSS Getting Started</a></dt>
          <dd>
            This tutorial introduces you to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). It guides you through the basic features of CSS with practical examples that you can try for yourself on your own computer.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Web_Design/CSS_Classes" rel="external">CSS Selector Classes</a> (Wikiversity)</dt>
          <dd>
            What are classes in CSS?</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Web_Design/External_CSS" rel="external">External CSS</a> (Wikiversity)</dt>
          <dd>
            Using CSS from an external style sheet.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Guide/Style" rel="external">Adding a Touch of Style</a> (W3C)</dt>
          <dd>
            A brief beginner's guide to styling web pages with CSS.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Common_CSS_Questions">Common CSS Questions</a></dt>
          <dd>
            Common questions and answers for beginners.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://codeavengers.com/" title="http://codeavengers.com/">CodeAvengers</a> (CodeAvengers.com)</dt>
          <dd>
            Code Avengers is the fun, effective way to learn to code web apps and games with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.</dd>
        </dl>
        <h3 id="Intermediate_level">Intermediate level</h3>
        <dl>
          <dt>
            <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/CSS/CSS_Reference">CSS Reference</a></dt>
          <dd>
            Complete reference to CSS, with details on support by Firefox and other browsers.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Web_Design/CSS_challenges" rel="external">CSS Challenges</a> (Wikiversity)</dt>
          <dd>
            Flex your CSS skills, and see where you need more practice.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.html.net/tutorials/css/" rel="external">Intermediate CSS Concepts</a> (HTML.net)</dt>
          <dd>
            Grouping, pseudo-classes, and more.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.alistapart.com/articles/css-positioning-101/" rel="external">CSS Positioning 101</a> (A List Apart)</dt>
          <dd>
            Using positioning for standards-compliant, table-free layout.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.alistapart.com/articles/progressiveenhancementwithcss/" rel="external">Progressive Enhancement with CSS</a> (A List Apart)</dt>
          <dd>
            Integrate progressive enhancement into your web pages with CSS.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.alistapart.com/articles/fluidgrids/" rel="external">Fluid Grids</a> (A List Apart)</dt>
          <dd>
            Design layouts that fluidly resize with the browser window, while still using a typographic grid.</dd>
        </dl>
      </td>
      <td>
        <h3 id="Advanced_level">Advanced level</h3>
        <dl>
          <dt>
            <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/CSS/Using_CSS_transforms">Using CSS Transforms</a></dt>
          <dd>
            Apply rotation, skewing, scaling, and translation using CSS.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/CSS/CSS_transitions">CSS Transitions</a></dt>
          <dd>
            CSS transitions, part of the draft CSS3 specification, provide a way to animate changes to CSS properties, instead of having the changes take effect instantly.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://www.html5rocks.com/tutorials/webfonts/quick/" rel="external">Quick Guide to Implement Web Fonts with @font-face</a> (HTML5 Rocks)</dt>
          <dd>
            The @font-face feature from CSS3 allows you to use custom typefaces on the web in an accessible, manipulatable, and scalable way.</dd>
          <dt>
            <a href="http://davidwalsh.name/starting-css" rel="external">Starting to Write CSS</a> (David Walsh)</dt>
          <dd>
            An introduction to tools and methodologies to write more succinct, maintainable, and scalable CSS.</dd>
        </dl>
      </td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
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