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HTML - The Basics



HTML is taking the world by storm. Everybody would like to put up web pages to tell about their interests, their pets, their job search, and more.

HTML is easy to learn. All it is is simple tags telling the user´s browser how to display something. This article will get you started!

First, HTML has to be a text file. This means you can use Word to make it, but you must save it as a TEXT format file and not as a DOC file. Most HTML creators use a regular text editor like WordPad or Notepad or TextPad to create their HTML, to ensure that no stray coding from Word or other Word Processors screw up their HTML.

Note that HTML is not case sensitive, and normally ignores all spaces and hard returns. So you can use spaces and hard returns (line breaks) to help make your code easy to read.

Next, the HTML needs a few key pieces. Every HTML document should have these parts:

<html> <head> </head> <body> </body> </html>

That is the ´shell´ that indicates this HTML document can be displayed. To put pieces in the shell, you would insert text either into the HEAD area or into the BODY area. The HEAD area is for the title and key information - this must be ´tagged´ in a special way. The BODY area is the actual content of the page. This doesn´t need to be tagged if you don´t want - anything you type will display.

To add a title to your document, insert this into the HEAD area:

<title>This Is My Title</title>

To add text to your document, insert this into the BODY ara:

This is my webpage! Thanks for coming!

Now your document should look like this:

<html> <head> <title>This Is My Title</title> </head> <body> This is my webpage! Thanks for coming! </body> </html>

That´s all there is too it! Put that on your website, and you´ve made a webpage!

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