I can very well remember the first time I saw a sample HTML code. It looked like Greek to me, but with just some days on I realized how easy it was to code in HTML thanks to the w3c. It took me a lot of practice to become very good in the language. Up until now, it is the easiest language I have learnt.
The topic of web design involves a number of skills including graphic design, interface design, content creation, coding, search engine optimization and so on, HTML is at the core of it. It is important that you have at least a basic understanding of its structure.
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web came up with the organization called the World Wide Web (WWW) Consortium to develop web standards to “define an Open Web Platform for application development that has the unprecedented potential to enable developers to build rich interactive experiences, powered by vast data stores, that are available on any device.”
The World Wide Web Consortium is responsible for developing technical specifications in the form of protocols and guidelines for the technologies that are used on the web such as HTML, CSS, SVG, Ajax, and other technologies for Web Applications. These specifications are usually submitted to the industry players noteably, browser vendors in order to build consensus.
Before any specification becomes a widely used standard, they are submitted as drafts and various inputs are gathered from a community of members in the form recommendations. That has been the process since its emergence in the 80s.
A lot of the things I learnt about website design was from the World Wide Web. It is a real source of useful information about web technologies and its future. If you are a coder of some sort on the web, you cannot afford to leave it out of your bookmarked sites.