Level 1 Web Development
What I've been thinking about is would it be empowering to beginners to clearly define and name small subsets of these that can be realistically taught and learned in a fixed time frame (say 6 or 12 months just to throw out some numbers)?
So just to flesh this out, let's say we took a subset of HTML elements and attributes that are the key building blocks and focused on those and clearly put all the more obscure tags, complex attributes and interactions off in a different set. We label this something like HTML5 Level 1. Forget about
cite, etc - for now.
Same thing for CSS. Focus on the basics of simple layouts, colors, sizing. Enough to get some basic text and a few images on the page looking OK in all viewports. Basic class and nested selectors but no fancy attribute matching. No transforms or animations. No tweaking word wrapping or overflow, etc.
I'd like to see self-taught folks and bootcamp grads be able to say "I'm proficient in Front End Web Development 2017.1" with confidence. I'd like them to know they can go on a job interview and have worked with everything in that defined scope. No surprises. No anxiety. No "I'll probably do OK as long as they don't ask me to build a complex table". I'd like to see companies be able to put these people to productive work and say "On day 1 we hope to see you submit a pull request using Front End Web Development 2017.1 tools. On day 180, we'll have trained you up to 2017.2".