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Processing.org The <font> Tag | change your text’s size, typeface and colour Path // → → THE <FONT> TAG The font tag was brought in early in HTML’s life to allow designers to change the size, typeface and colour of their text. It proceeded to do more harm than good — for all sorts of reasons — but mainly because it is a hugely inefficient way to format text. CSS text formatting is vastly superior, but knowledge of these old-style techniques is still useful. This page was last updated on 2012-08-21 Future Watch: Ever since HTML 4.01 came out in 1998, the <font> tag has been deprecated. Somewhat tragically, there has been little decline in <font> tag usage since then, so many years ago. CSS on the other hand, gives you far more control over how your text looks, and adds almost nothing to your download times. Further reading: The rest of this page is just a description of how the <font> tag used to work. Font Size You have two options when setting your text’s size: sizing it absolutely or relatively. <font size="2">text</font> Font Face 12pt Black Times New Roman

Girls Who Code Why You Haven't Learned How to Code Yet Over the past year there’s been unprecedented enthusiasm for learning to code. From NY Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s pledge to the White House’s national summer effort, programming has never been such a valuable career move and somehow it has even managed become a bit trendy, too (depending on your geographical location). With all this new energy comes initiatives like Code Year, which lets anyone pledge to learn to code with weekly tutorials via Codecademy. So maybe you signed up, or perhaps you did some research on your own, but here we are and you still can’t code… If this situation applies to you, know that you’re not alone. It’s tough work, but don’t get discouraged. OMG choices!? If you’ve never written a single line of code, the odds are you’re having trouble deciding where to start. Of course there are plenty of other options as well. From an artistic or design perspective, you might want to look into Processing, which is a visual programming language created to help teach coding.

10 places where anyone can learn to code Teens, tweens and kids are often referred to as “digital natives.” Having grown up with the Internet, smartphones and tablets, they’re often extraordinarily adept at interacting with digital technology. But Mitch Resnick, who spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet, is skeptical of this descriptor. Sure, young people can text and chat and play games, he says, “but that doesn’t really make you fluent.” Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code Fluency, Resnick proposes in this TED Talk, comes not through interacting with new technologies, but through creating them. The point isn’t to create a generation of programmers, Resnick argues. In his talk, Resnick describes Scratch, the programming software that he and a research group at MIT Media Lab developed to allow people to easily create and share their own interactive games and animations. At Codecademy, you can take lessons on writing simple commands in JavaScript, HTML and CSS, Python and Ruby. While we’re at it: bonus!

Codecademy Labs 5 Ways to Start Learning How to Code Right Now Learning to code is one of the most powerful and satisfying things you can ever do. If you’re a designer, learning to code can help you understand what you’re creating for, and if you’re looking to build a startup from scratch, being a technical founder can make things exponentially easier for you. No matter why you want to learn, the only thing you really need is curiosity. iTunes U Apple just recently made some dramatic changes to iTunes U, and Stanford’s set of videos is quite an impressive offering. ➤ iTunes U Kids Ruby We wrote about Kids Ruby this past December and honestly, you’ve got to start them young, right? Now, if you’re not a kid, this software might still be really helpful for you. ➤ Kids Ruby Mozilla’s Developer Network Mozilla’s Developer Network is a combination of a slick-looking directory and an impressive set of tutorials and demos.You may also want to check out Google’s own Code University. ➤ Mozilla’s Developer Network and Google’s Code University Net Tuts+

7 Ways to Learn to Code Right Now for Free Learning to code is one of the most powerful and satisfying things you can ever do. If you’re a designer, learning to code can help you understand what you’re creating for, and if you’re looking to build a startup from scratch, being a technical founder can make things exponentially easier for you. No matter why you want learn, the only thing you really need is curiosity. 1. Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions. ➤ Processing (Reference, Tutorials, Wiki, Forum, Inspiration) 2. Codecademy bills itself as “the easiest way to learn how to code,” and thanks to this startup, learning to code online has never been so accessible. ➤ Codecademy 3. Bloc, a new educational startup, makes it easy for you to start writing in Ruby. But what makes Bloc different from the likes of Codecademy? ➤ Bloc 4. Sometimes there’s nothing better than “bumping elbows” with peers. ➤ Meetup, Hackathons 5. 6. 7. I know.

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