Hot HTML Summer: Wrap up

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This post is a part of a series where I write a post for each module of the Learn HTML course. I'll note things I didn't know, highlight interesting items, and generally enjoy having a Hot HTML Summer.

All good things must come to an end as the saying goes. But much like energy or matter, our Hot HTML Summer will not end, it will change from one form to another.

I’ve completed the Learn HTML course, and indeed it’s been a fun Hot HTML Summer. The fun isn’t ending there, now I can take all the things I learned and apply them. In fact, I’ve now got a boat load of things of double check, update and improve from all the things I learned along the way.

The Hot HTML Summer to do list


I came up a big list of things to check, things to learn more about and things to try to find in the wild.

Things to check on my sites


In no particular order…

Things to learn more about


Things to find in the wild


Scavenger hunt!

Things I enjoyed


There’s a lot to like about this course. It’s broken down into easy to digest pieces. There are a lot of good tips and best practices. Modules reinforce things learned in previous modules without explicitly saying it, and there’s plenty of backstory and tea spilling.

The web would be a much better place if fullstack, framework-focused developers used Learn HTML to better understand the basics, but we all can learn something from the course. Course creator Estelle Weyl noted that the course was targeted towards beginners, but created for all skill levels, including “super-advanced people who don’t realize that they don’t know things”. Indeed.

In his recent CSS Day talk, That’s not how I wrote CSS 3 years ago, Manuel Matuzović mentioned that when he wrote 100 Days or More Less Modern CSS one of the biggest things he learned was the basics. He goes on to list a few examples where the thought he understood how something worked, but was wrong. I had the exact same experience here. There were things I thought I knew but didn’t, things I didn’t know at all, and things where I didn’t know the proper name.

Most of all, it was fun to learn from a place of comfort, building on something I already know. With only a few gaps, I’ve been writing HTML since 1996. I’m not employed as a developer, but I write production ready HTML and CSS at my job (delivering my designs in code to be integrated into whatever stack). Before this course I was confident in my HTML skills, and I learned a LOT.

Hot HTML Summers elsewhere


I’ve noticed plenty of HTML content so far this summer. Here’s what I’ve seen so far.



Thanks for all the boosting, favoriting, sharing, general words of encouragement, and camaraderie along the way. I decided to do this as a series of posts to help me absorb the lessons and refer back to my notes in the future. It’s nice to know there were parts or posts that resonated with people!

If I had to sum up the course, it would be a slightly updated version of something I mentioned in the Navigation module post, “come for all the things you don’t know about HTML, stay for the tips on how use it more effectively”. In case it’s not yet clear, I highly recommend the course.

I’ll make an occasional post with updates on my punch list. Until then, enjoy the rest of your Hot HTML Summer.

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