Frequently Asked Questions about Web Design, HTML, CSS, and Web Development

Beginning HTML Questions

When you want to start learning HTML, you probably have a lot of questions. These are some of the most common questions I receive about HTML and basic HTML questions.

Advanced HTML Questions

There are also lots of more difficult questions that people ask.

HTML5 Questions

HTML5 is the newest version of HTML and many designers have a lot of questions about it.

  • What is HTML5?
  • What is HTML5 sectioning content?
  • What is local storage and the localstorage attribute in HTML 5?
  • Are quotes required around HTML 5 attributes?
  • Are HTML 5 tags case sensitive?
  • Does HTML 5 use a trailing slash in singleton tags?
  • Is there a 3d canvas context?

HTML Tag and Attribute Questions

Tags are what make up the bulk of HTML, and attributes modify those tags. These are some common questions about HTML tags and attributes.

HTML Tables Questions

HTML tables are a useful tool for displaying tabular data. But they can be challenging to learn how to build, especially from scratch.

  • How do you build an HTML table from scratch?
  • What do the HTML table attributes colspan and rowspan do?
  • How can I include one table inside another?

HTTP Cookies Questions

HTTP cookies are a way designers can store data from their customers. Here are a couple questions I am often asked.

HTML 4 Frames Questions

HTML frames are no longer part of the HTML5 specification, but many HTML 4.01 developers still use them and have questions about them.

HTML Forms Questions

HTML forms let you ask your readers questions, but they can be tricky to use.

  • What is the
  • How do I get form data emailed to me?
  • Do mailto forms only work if the customer has a POP mail client?
  • Can I require that some fields be filled in?
  • How do I make a form so it can be submitted by hitting <ENTER>?

Web Design Questions

Web design affects how your pages look. Here are a couple of questions I've gotten related to web design.

CSS Questions

CSS or Cascading Style Sheets are an important way to get your web pages to look nice, but they can be very difficult to learn.

Web Software Questions

There are a lot of different types of software related to web design: browsers, editors, even server software.

Working as a Web Designer or Freelancer Questions

If you're interested in getting paid to do web design, you may be interested in some of the most frequently asked questions about working as a web designer.

Web Hosting Questions

Web hosting is where you store your website so that your customers can view it.

  • What is web hosting?
  • Now that GeoCities is gone—what should I do?
  • What do I need to switch design firms?

SEO Questions

SEO or search engine optimization is a technique for making sure that your pages read well for customers but also are readable by search engine spiders.

Questions About Web Copyright

Web pages have copyright just like any other creative effort.

About.com Free Classes Questions

I offer several different classes on web design, HTML, CSS, and other aspects of web development.

  • What classes are offered on this site?
  • Are the classes on this site really free?
  • How can I sign up for a class on this site?
  • I lost a lesson, can you please resend it to me?
  • How can I change my email address in one of the Web Design / HTML Classes?
  • Can you please remove me from the class?

XML Questions

XML or eXtensible Markup Language is a language for building back end tools for websites and programs.

Questions About This Site

These questions are less about HTML or web design but rather about the About.com and the Web Design/HTML site as a whole.