HTML HTML intro.
  1. HTML intro
  2. Web pages and you
HTML basics
  1. HTML getting started
  2. HTML basics
  3. HTML document
HTML text
  1. HTML text formatting 1
  2. HTML text formatting 2
  3. HTML text formatting 3
  4. HTML fonts
  5. HTML entities
HTML links
  1. HTML links
  2. HTML email links
HTML images
  1. HTML images
  2. HTML image maps
HTML forms
  1. HTML forms
  2. HTML form labels
  3. HTML fieldset/legend
HTML tables
  1. HTML tables
  2. HTML tables concepts
HTML frames
  1. HTML frames
HTML backgrounds/color
  1. HTML backgrounds
  2. HTML colors
  3. HTML color shades
  4. HTML color usage
HTML style/layout
  1. HTML stylesheets
  2. HTML div/span
HTML media
  1. HTML audio
  2. HTML video
  3. HTML objects
  4. HTML download media
HTML declaratives
  1. HTML head section
  2. HTML meta tags
  3. HTML scripts
  4. HTML declarations
  5. HTML document types
Practical HTML
  1. HTML tag rules
  2. HTML things to avoid
  3. URL formatting
  4. URL encoding/decoding
  5. HTML use/access
  6. HTML publish work
HTML extras
  1. HTML marquees
HTML wrap-up
  1. HTML history
  2. HTML summary

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

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.

Dynamic content can be created with languages such as as Javascript, VBScript, and PHP. These languages are a bit advanced for a beginner so if you are new to the world of web development, please go through HTML first before moving on to them.

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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