HTML? CSS? How Humanists Can Benefit From It

Knowledge of HTML (standard markup language for web pages) and CSS (stylesheet used to format the layout of webpages) can be beneficial for humanists. That was the conclusion of a training session given by Ilenia Laudito at the Leibniz-Institute of European History in Mainz.

On the 27th of January 2020 Ilenia Laudito conducted a session for everyone interested . The training was based on her visit of the Bologna ReIReS Course on Digital Humanities, organized by the Fondazione per le scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII in July 2019.

Concepts of HTML and CSS

During the session the participants went through the most essential steps from the original workshop. After the introduction of the concepts of HTML and CSS and their basic structures, the participants built up a mock HTML-page and integrated some elements of CSS into it. Ilenia’s working experience both in the digital realm as a research data manager at the IEG for a European project RETOPEA and with classical humanists helped her to choose a right level of technical details.

Benefits for Humanists

The colleagues from the IEG saw that creating a webpage is simple and does not require coding skills, but only some basic understanding of HTML. There are numerous templates on the internet and one does not need to create a web-page from scratch.

During the final discussion participants came to the conclusion that even some knowledge of HTML/CSS can be beneficial for humanists: it saves resources, promotes digital literacy and is a primary step into digital editing and text analysis.


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