HTML and blogging
Do bloggers need to know anything about HTML codes? Personally, I believe bloggers need to have at least a basic understanding of it, because they form the presentation and structure of what we work with. Like a good painter should know not only her brushes and paint, but also the material of her canvas and how to utilise it properly. Or at least I am finding a way to justify why I am lugging around a big book on HTML and CSS while actually enhancing my artistic cool.
What do you think? Do HTML codes scare you? Or are you a kickass web-developer who can destroy my metaphor and show how different canvases are to HTML codes?
But don’t destroy the canvas metaphor yet, because it is also there as a segue to the reason why I’m thinking of HTMLs.
‘Canvas‘ is a new element in the new edition of HTML, HTML 5.
HTML 5 is ‘going to form the underpinnings of the entire internet within a few years’. Although some others are not as enthusiastic. And not all browsers support it yet. (For those of you who are statistically and bigpicturally inclined, a new report is showing the latest movements in the share market for internet browsers. Interesting stuff.)
As we think about how people consume and produce information on the internet, I think these types of techie stuff is important for us bloggers, writers, journalists, and anyone who wants to distribute and engage with anything on the internet to keep at least an eye and a little bit of a hand on. Because it will give us an understanding of what is possible and how we can utilise the current material/technology to distribute and share what we intend to share.
This is a little sample of what we can do with HTML 5. It is strangely attractive. If you can’t see anything, your browser is probably too old, you poor sod (or you can download the free, HTML 5 compatible, Firefox 3.5 or the new web browser, Google Chrome).