HTML5 & CSS3 Getting Started Course

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Proven CSS3 & HTML5 Training Courses

This two day beginners HTML5 training course is aimed at those who are looking to learn HTML5 and CSS3, with a view to developing dynamic, modern, standards compliant web content. The course takes you through the all common html tags as well as how to style your content using the latest CSS3 standards.

In addition to learning the old favourites, you will also learn about the exciting new options that HTML5 and CSS3 bring to the table, and how to use these to create dynamic, interactive content for the web.


The HTML5 & CSS3 Getting Started course covers everything you need to get up and running creating web pages with HTML5 and CSS3. The standard topics we cover are listed below.

HTML5 & CSS3 Getting Started

HTML5 Overview

  • History of HTML5
  • WHATWG and W3C specifications
  • What's can HTML5 & CSS3 do

Using HTML5 today

  • Developer Tools
  • Checking if features can be used
  • Detecting HTML5 features
  • Browser support and polyfills


  • What is a DOCTYPE

Page Layout

  • Head, body
  • section, article, aside, and nav
  • header & footer
  • div & span 

Content Markup

  • H1 - H6
  • p & br
  • hr
  • images
  • links
  • lists
  • tables


  • What is CSS
  • Why use CSS
  • Browser support
  • CSS syntax
  • tag, class, id or compound

How to apply CSS

  • External styles
  • Embedded styles
  • Inline styling
  • The Cascade in CSS

Applying some CSS styles

  • Basic text formatting
  • Basic page formatting
  • Div and Span
  • Positioning with CSS

CSS layout

  • the box model
  • creating columns and rows with divs
  • creating flexible boxes

CSS3 Options

  • Multiple Columns
  • Custom fonts
  • Border-radius
  • Gradients
  • Color
  • Shadows
  • Transitions
  • Transforms
  • CSS3 Filters

Video and Audio

  • Reusing video
  • The HTML5 video and audio elements
  • Understanding video and audio
  • Video and audio containers
  • Video and audio codecs
  • Embedding video on your page

HTML5 Forms

  • Overview of Form elements
  • Building and using forms

Overview of more advanced topics

  • What is JavaScript
  • Canvas
  • SVG
  • Offline Applications
  • Geolocation

Hands on Lab

On the final day delegates will then complete a hands on exercise in which they build a simple website using the features covered in the course.


The HTML5 & CSS3 Getting Started course teaches you the skills required to create basic webpages from scratch.

You will learn to

  • Markup pages using HTML
  • Apply basic styling and effects using CSS3 such as
    • rounded corners
    • gradients
    • shadows
    • custom fonts
    • transitions
  • Add images to a document
  • Add links
  • Insert video and audio into a page
  • Understand the more advanced skills you might need and their benefit.

Our scheduled courses are designed to ensure you have a professional and productive experience.  With 20 years practice we have had plenty of time to get it right, but we are always open to new suggestions as well.

Reasons to choose Highlander for your HTML5 training

  • A proven track record - Highlander has been established for 20 years.
  • High quality instruction - All of our instructors are Adobe Certified Instructors.
  • We make sure you are happy - Our satisfaction guarantee ensures you leave with a smile.
  • Follow on support - We give you 12 months post course support.

What you get on a Highlander Course

Start and finish times

Our courses start at 9.30am and typically run until 4pm. The finish time is based primarily on how much information people can retain in a day without being overwhelmed, and can vary slightly depending on individual class size and ability.


Each delegate is provided with use of a computer, setup with the latest version of the software they are learning. Our London centre has a mix of Mac and PC's, so if you have a preference please advise us when booking. Older versions of software can usually be catered for on request.

If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.


Hot drinks and bottled water is provided throughout the day together with a selection of biscuits and sweets.  There is a scheduled 15 minute break mid morning and again mid afternoon.


There is a one hour break for lunch to allow delegates some time "off the screen".  Both our centres are in areas which offer a wide range of options for lunch.

In London we are located on Upper Street in Islington which is one of London's more popular locations for eating out, offering everything from popular cafe's and burger & pizza bars through to a wide range of restaurants.  In addition we also have an in-house cafe in the building should you not wish to venture further.

In York we are located on the well known Bishy Road, with a wide range of popular cafe's just a few metres from the front door. The street regularly features in national newspapers and has been described by Wall Street Journal as "an enclave of gourmet delis and cafes" while The Times described it as "York's answer to Notting Hill".

Course Materials

Course manuals / books are provided for all our standard scheduled courses and you get 12 months access to our learning management system which contains a variety of content ranging from video tutorials and refresher exercises through to copies of course slides.

Internet Access

All the machines have full internet access and free wifi is available to use within our centres.

Certificate of Completion

All delegates receive a certificate of completion to show they have completed a Highlander Training Course.

Who should attend this course

Delegates should be looking to learn HTML5 and CSS3 with the aim of creating professional web pages, based on the latest standards. You do not need any previous experience of HTML, CSS or web page development, but should be comfortable using a computer and the internet.

More advanced users with existing html4 and css2 experience would be more suited to our 1 day HTML5 Upgrade course, which focuses solely on the new HTML5 & CSS3 functionality.

Comments from delegates that attended

"The instructor was very good, happy to go off topic to answer random questions."
Production Assistant, Morgan Stanley

Good Material, learnt a lot. The instructor was able to answer any questions posed by the group, making it easy for us to follow and understand"
Software Engineer, Marks and Spencers

"Friendly Instructor. Very knowledgeable and very good at answering questions appropriately."
Creative Specialist, Kingston Technology

Very relaxed approach to learning. Course lived up to expectations. Equipment and classroom was very suitable. Very impressed. Instructor was very well informed regarding the course and related subjects. Good presentation style. Very helpful."
Lead Project Designer, Interflora

He knew his stuff, so I was able to ask any questions that I had."
Device Development Manager, Orange

Engaging and informative, made the course interesting and fun."
Production Editor,

The trainer was an expert. He certainly knows his stuff"
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