HTML and blogging

By on 8-06-2009 in Digital Media

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.

And this is what we call a 'splined canvas'. Once I finish reading my HTML and CSS book, I will be able to move this to the centre of the screen. Alas, I'm only on Chapter 1.

And this is what we call a 'splined canvas'. Once I finish reading my HTML and CSS book, I will be able to move this to the centre of the screen. Alas, I'm only on Chapter 1.

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).

2 Comments

  1. “Do bloggers need to know anything about HTML codes?”

    I think this is an interesting question if you think about it in terms of form and content. Does a person need to understand form in order to produce quality content? Or are the two unlinked? I used to be a fine art student, and in my experience, artworks where form and content are inextricably linked are the best ones.

    To return to you question, “do bloggers NEED to know anything about HTML codes?” I’d say, probably not, but knowing a little bit about HTML probably makes a blog one class better.

  2. “Do bloggers need to know anything about HTML codes?”

    Strictly speaking, bloggers probably don’t NEED to know HTML, provided they’re prepared to use basic templates built by those who do have that knowledge. But I agree that being able to use HTML could make a better blog, if only because it expands the possibilities of what you can do. I have a very basic knowledge of HTML, and I find even that little bit can be helpful.

    I really like your sample of HTML 5 – it is “strangely attractive”. I look forward to seeing more of it.

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