Introduction to HTML
So you want to learn HTML? You've heard a lot about it - how you can make your own webpages and publish your work online. HTML is one of the most important tools in creating web content.
This tutorial focuses on:
- What you should already know
- What is HTML?
- What HTML is NOT
What you should already know
Learning HTML does not require existing knowledge of other computer languages, all you need is to be familiar with using a text editor, web browser, and accessing the internet. Yup, those are all the things you will need to learn HTML and build webpages with it!
NOTE: If you would like to create some webpages right away, check out our first webpage guide. It contains step-by-step instructions for building very basic webpages. Be sure to come back to this section once you're done with that one.
What is HTML?
HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language and it is a language used to create webpages. There are many other web languages out there, but HTML is different. HTML is the core language of the world wide web, the fundamental building block of webpages. Without it, there are no webpages. It all starts with HTML - the simplest but the most important web language.
With HTML you make your own pages and decide what text, links, graphics, forms, as well as other elements will appear on them.
HTML is a markup language - a language that contains a set of tags (meaningful elements that describe or display data in some way). HTML is written using these tags to display content on webpages.
What HTML is NOT
HTML is a static language. This means that the content you display using HTML does not change, it is not dynamic. Things like popup boxes, moving images, and dynamically changing text CANNOT be done with HTML. HTML is used to place elements on a webpage, and that's it.
HTML is NOT used for styling. All the elements on a page are displayed with HTML but the styles for these elements (text color, background color, border color, etc.) are NOT set with HTML. For example, with HTML you set what text will appear on a page, but not the color and size of that text. To style the elements on a page, another language called CSS is used.
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