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What is HTML

What is HTML

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HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language

HTML is the standard markup language for Web pages

HTML elements are the building blocks of HTML pages

HTML elements are represented by <> tags

HTML Elements

An HTML element is a start tag and an end tag with content in between:

<h1>This is a Heading</h1>
Start tag Element content End tag
<h1> This is a Heading </h1>
<p> This is paragraph. </p>

HTML Attributes

  • HTML elements can have attributes
  • Attributes provide additional information about the element
  • Attributes come in name/value pairs like charset="utf-8"

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A Simple HTML Document

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>Page Title</title>

   <h1>This is a Heading</h1>
   <p>This is a paragraph.</p>
   <p>This is another paragraph.</p>


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HTML elements are the building blocks of HTML pages.

  • The <!DOCTYPE html> declaration defines this document to be HTML5
  • The <html> element is the root element of an HTML page
  • The lang attribute  defines the language of the document
  • The <meta> element contains meta information about the document
  • The charset attribute defines the character set used in the document
  • The <title> element specifies a title for the document
  • The <body> element contains the visible page content
  • The <h1> element defines a large heading
  • The <p> element defines a paragraph

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HTML Documents

All HTML documents must start with a document type declaration: <!DOCTYPE html>.

The HTML document itself begins with <html> and ends with </html>.

The visible part of the HTML document is between <body> and </body>.

HTML Document Structure

Below is a visualization of an HTML document (an HTML Page):

<title>Page title</title>
<h1>This is a heading</h1>
<p>This is a paragraph.</p>
<p>This is another paragraph.</p>

Note: Only the content inside the <body> section (the white area above) is displayed in a browser.

HTML Headings

HTML headings are defined with <h1> to <h6> tags.

<h1> defines the most important heading. <h6> defines the least important heading: 


<h1>This is heading 1</h1>
<h2>This is heading 2</h2>
<h3>This is heading 3</h3>

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Shahid Habibi - August 2, 2022

Very good tutorials about HTML.

Yon're a Pirate! - July 29, 2022
Nice page, but not very clear explanation!

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