If a job description indicates that knowledge of html is required -- does this mean the applicant should have all or most html codes committed to memory? Or does it mean a general familarity with the coding so that referring to reference info would be permissible in the course of a job. [The job in question involves creation/maintenance of web sites.]
I am a forced career-changer and am trying to figure how best to direct my efforts -- thank you.
I agree html is not difficult but I am not convinced anyone has committed 100% of it to memory.
There is very little in any one standard of HTML, that if one uses it much one could easily absorb the entire standard without much hassle. I personally never have to check a reference anymore, and I presume anyone who has worked with HTML for even short periods of time is the same.
For the OP, simply learning HTML off by heart does not make you able to maintain websites. You'll need a knowledge of CSS as well at least, and good debugging tools, especially as you start off (I'd suggest Firebug addon for Firefox). And I would suggest that you read a lot about HTML tips and techniques, like those to be found at alistapart, and practice them.
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And I would suggest that you read a lot about HTML tips and techniques, like those to be found at alistapart, and practice them.
Very true but be very careful. A List Apart ( http://www.alistapart.com/ ) is a very good resource but there are many out there that are very bad. HTML Goodies comes to mind. The problem is that a certain technique may seem to work for you but have disastrous side effects. A web site is as much about engineering as it is art and engineering is all about managing the side effects.
“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”
—Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web
All the comments and thoughts expressed therein are much appreciated. Thanks especially for the references suggested. I have already been tainted by the HTML Goodies site -- I will avoid henceforth, or at least until I am more knowledgeable -- and will stick with tested and established methods.
Asking the question as well shows you luck of knowledge or confidence with HTML. So the job specification would not much your skills. I am actually very comfortable with HTML but I don't think I have to know every single tag/element there is to qualify for the job description.