Using HTML Dog Tutorials

While I know the basics of HTML and CSS, there is always more to learn! So I turned to HTML Dog tutorials, where I focused on bettering my knowledge of website accessibility and styling using color gradients.

From a quick browse of the list of HTML tutorials available on HTML Dog, I was immediately drawn to a tutorial on creating Accessible Links–which is essentially making sure that your webpage is easy for users with disabilities (lack of fine motor skills to use a mouse, deaf, blind, etc) to navigate. I was drawn to this tutorial because last fall I took a computer science course called “Software Design,” in which we had a unit on the importance of making webpages accessible to all users, and were challenged to uphold this accessibility-friendly mindset in all projects throughout the term.

In working through this tutorial, I learned that I can use “link titles” to offer more information about a given link when the user hovers over it, and that links can be accessed by clicking the “tab” key or any specified key on the keyboard. Below is the code I came up with after going through the tutorial:

Code view
Webpage the above code renders

After working with making links more accessible, I turned to styling the background of my webpage in a new way: using a color gradient. While there are many fades and infinite colors that you can choose from, I chose to do a top to bottom fade from pink to light blue.

CSS code to create a top-bottom fade

The result from completing these two tutorials was a 1990s-esque webpage that is in desperate need of some TLC to make it more 2019 appropriate.

The finished product!

From using a few HTML Dog tutorials, I was reminded just how many things you can do with the right combination of HTML, CSS, and JS–the possibilities are endless!

Author: Emilee

4 thoughts on “Using HTML Dog Tutorials

  1. Love your webpage background design! The details you included in your post are very useful. I wish I had looked at your post when I designed my webpage background.

  2. Emilee, I like what you did here. Web accessibility for people with disabilities is not a favorite topic, and I am glad you can use your exceptional skills to make a difference.

  3. Accessibility of websites is definitely important and overlooked. I like your use of tab-index! I have definitely used sites before where I’ve tried to “tab through” different elements and it did not work, or at least didn’t work as I would have expected.

  4. Great finds Emilee. Accessibility is very important and increasingly an area of energy and focus in the DH community as well as web development more generally.

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