Introduction to XHTML

Introduction to XHTML online course
Course Name

Introduction to XHTML

XHTML is the bridge between HTML and XML. Students with little working knowledge of creating HTML pages will be introduced to the concepts, foundations, syntax and structure of XHTML. The course will include an introduction to Cascading Style Sheets. All pages created in the class will be validated using the W3C validation service.

Applicable Job Roles: web designers, webmasters, web programmers, and web application developers.

Week 1: Introduction to XHTML
  • What is XHTML?
  • Differences between XHTML and HTML
  • Required tags/ attributes for XHTML
  • XHTML validation
Week 2: DTDs, Structure, and Nesting
  • Review XHTML 1.0 document type definitions (DTDs)
  • Syntax and Structure of an XHTML document
  • Empty and Non-empty elements
  • Special Characters
  • Well-Formed and Valid: What's the difference?
  • Paragraphs, Headings, and Lists
Week 3: CSS with XHTML
  • Arranging Text
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Basics
  • Use of div and span tags
Week 4: Transitional and Strict DOCTYPEs
  • Main differences between the Transitional and Strict DTDs
  • Deprecated elements and attributes
  • Proprietary elements
Week 5: Tables, Images, and Hyperlinks
  • Hyperlinks: absolute, relative, fragment identifiers, and mailto:
  • Images: common attributes for img tag, alignment, and hyperlinks using images
  • Tables: Data tables versus formatting tables
Week 6: Forms and the Future of XHTML
  • Forms: useful elements and attributes
  • XHTML 1.1 and HTML 5 (served as XHTML)
Students should be able to use a web editor. This course concentrates on coding XHTML, not learning an application. Students should also know how to upload webpages to a website.

Some knowledge of HTML is welcome but not required.
At minimum, the student will need an editor like Notepad, EditPad Lite or something equivalent. Editors like TopStyle or Dreamweaver are acceptable.

The student should have at least two browsers installed. Current versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, or Safari are recommended.

A website to post coursework is needed.
Course Books
Course Price
  • Member Price: $80 US
  • Non-Member Price: $180.00 US
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Additional Information:
Your place in the course is confirmed by your payment. Introductory courses are intended for students with no experience in the subject matter and are seeking beginner level training.

Refund Policy: Please read our "Terms and Refund Policy" before registering for this course.

Additional Cost: Book and software migh be required for the course. Read the Requirements and Book section for more information. Course fee does not include the book and software cost .

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How eClasses Work:Instructors post lectures, reading selections, and hands-on assignments once a week in the online classroom. Students can discuss the assignments with the instructor and amongst themselves in the classroom area. This format has no set meeting time, which allows students to attend class at a time most convenient to them, yet still provides logically organized communication between class participants. Students can apply for the completion certificate after finishing the class. Web Study certificate is also available. Click on the Certificates link on the top navigation bar for more information.


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Before you register for this class, please read carefully the Outline, Prerequisites, Requirements, Books, and Refund Policy sections.

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