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Learn HTML - Understanding The Basic Structure

by Tim Whiston


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Summary : To learn HTML you must first understand the basic structure of this markup language. This article will get you ready to dive right in and start working with HTML to build your own great Website.

To learn HTML you must first understand the basic structure of this markup language. This article will get you ready to dive right in and start working with HTML to build your own great Website.

HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. This is the most basic code for formatting Web documents and instructing Web browsers on the display of these documents. HTML components are, in many ways, the building blocks of the Web.

It's not particularly difficult to learn HTML code. In fact I like to say that it's a lot easier than learning to read and write the English language; this gives people a solid reference point and allows them to feel more comfortable moving forward.

To learn HTML effectively, you simply need to look at the process like learning a new, basic language. It's all about memorizing a range of alphanumeric codes and understanding how and where to apply these pieces of code.

<b>HTML Tags</b>

HTML tags are the most basic element of the language. Think of a tag like a single command base that is used to define a particular area of your Web page.

Tags are letters and numbers arranged within the greater and lesser symbols on your keyboard. For example, here is a body tag:

<BODY>

This tag tells a browser the main body of your Web page will appear below. The above tag is an opening tag, because it signals the start of the BODY section.

At the end of your page body, you would close this tag, thus signaling to the browser that it is finished reading the Web page body. A closing tag includes the trailing slash character like so:

</ BODY>

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