Jun 12 2013

Webdesigner’s Basics: 10 Questions You Need To Be Able To Answer

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Wouldn’t it be fun to let our readers test their knowledge through a quiz once in a while, we thought over here at Noupe HQ. As we like to play these kinds of games, we assume you might too. Our first quiz covers some of the basics of HTML from past to present. Don’t expect full coverage, we only got 10 questions to go. Have a try!

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HTML and its Specifications: Time Doesn’t Matter

While we know hundreds of designers and developers with great skill levels, we are quite frequently surprised about how low the knowledge levels are when it comes down to basics. You might ask yourself, why you should know things, that don’t immediately earn you money. The problem is, if we want the web to evolve, it takes all of us, not only a handful of activists who know their ways around the specification jungle. We need democratic consensus on the way ahead. And the structures of decision-taking have already gotten a tendency to grow away from pure democracy as we know it. As to not let others decide the future of the web, make sure to stay ahead of things. If you can answer all of the following questions correctly without Google’s help, you are at least not too far behind…

About the Author

Dieter Petereit is Noupe's Editor-In-Chief and a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called webdesign and has carried on ever since. Almost a decade ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. Dieter is a heavy G-Plusser, so why not meet him over there?

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Comments and Discussions
  • niamor36, 12 June 2013

    There is no browser prefix in html but in css. The 7th is quite a trap.

    • RLa, 12 June 2013

      The author probably means CSS. Other than that I was very surprised that the quiz does not even mention CSS.

      • Dieter Petereit, 12 June 2013

        I clarified that. See comment below. As to CSS, we’re planning to publish a separate quiz covering its basics.

  • itsinthecss, 12 June 2013

    Browser prefixes and abbreviations are in CSS. In HTML you have Conditional Comments.

  • Jens Grochtdreis, 12 June 2013

    Nice questions, but Q7 is wrong. Prefixes are for CSS. They have nothing to do with HTML-elements. And Q9 is misleading, too. The additional responsive misleads and gives the question the wrong turn. So the answer is quite false – or the question.

    • Dieter Petereit, 12 June 2013

      Agreed, Q7 did not reflect the author’s intention to have CSS3 seen as part of HTML5. I added a note to clarify. Agreed, at Q9 I did not make clear that I was talking about W3C. This has been added, too.

      That said, thanks to the masses that are still partaking and have been throughout the day. We did not assume this format would turn out to be such a success.

  • Alex, 12 June 2013

    Nice questions.

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