Lore of the North – Opera Web Standards CurriculumTuesday, July 15th, 2008
As I’ve mentioned a couple times by now, I’m a strong believer in the fact that you never stop learning in this industy (the web [insert noun here] industry). Well, at least if you want to stay relevant and keep finding work. This is why I’m always excited by the various web design/development conferences out there, and especially love the endless deep pool of tutorials that exist online for any Joe or Sally to read.
As much as I’ve teased Opera in this site’s comics, I really have to hand it to them. Recently Opera revealed a website that’s devoted to the very concept of web education: the Opera Web Standards Curriculum. It’s got about twenty articles devoted to web design and development, and there’s the promise of more on the way. These aren’t quickly written tutorial blog posts, but polished well written articles that are meant to give a good foundation for anyone interested in web standards and development.
The majority of the articles contained there thus far are mostly about history of the web, the concepts of web standards, basic web design theory, and HTML. Which I think is brilliant, since this is the area that most online tutorial sites skip right past, and thus there’s the most immediate need for. Discussions of things like CSS I’m sure are in the near future, and I’m excited to see their take on it.