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Basic HTML for Complex People

Most of us don’t need to know HTML, but we all write on the web, so we’re using HTML whether we understand it or not. Knowing a few simple tricks will save you from some common frustrations and help you organize your online writing more clearly.

This guide will give you a simplified look at only the HTML tags, styles, and syntax that you can do in a visual text editor (or “WYSIWYG” editor) like the ones in webmail, blogs, and LMSes. It’s not intended to be a complete education in HTML, but rather a commonsense guide for everyday users who want to get more out of their online writing.

This course is for you if…

  • A lot of the writing you do ends up on websites, blogs, learning management systems, or other online spaces.
  • You’re pretty happy writing in web-based text editors but you’re curious about how HTML works.


  • Headings
  • Paragraphs
  • Links (coming soon!)
  • Images (coming soon!)
  • Lists (coming soon!)
  • Bold & Italics (coming soon!)
  • Tables (coming soon!)
  • Markdown (coming soon!)
  • Tech Tools for Web Writers
  • HTML Cheat Sheet

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