Introduction to HTML: Hyper Text Transfer Language


HTML is a document - layout and hyperlink - specification language. It defines syntax and placement of special, embedded direction that are not displayed by the browser, but tell it how to display content of the document, including text, images, and other support media. The language also tells you to how to make a document interactive through special hypertext link, which connect your document with other documents.

HTML in brief

1. HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language.
2. HTML is not a programming language and used for data representation on web.
3. A markup language is a set of markup tags which describe how text should be displayed. 


1. HTML tags are keywords surrounded by angle brackets like <html>
2. HTML tags are used in pairs like <b> and </b>
3. The first tag in a pair is the start tag (opening tag), the second tag is the end tag (closing tag). 


1. An HTML file is a text file with HTML tags.
2. HTML file name must end with .htm or .html.
3. An HTML file is a simple text file so it  can be created using simple text editor.
4. An HTML file is often known as HTML document or a web page.

With all multimedia-enabling, new page layout features, and hot technologies that give life to HTML document over Internet. It is also important to understand the languages limitations : HTML is not a word processing tool, a desktop publishing solution, or even a programming language. Its fundamental purpose is to define the structure and appearance of document and document families so that they may be delivered quickly and easily to user. 

Structure of an HTML Document

An HTML document consists of :
1. Text: which defines the content of the document
2. Tags: which defines the structure and appearance of the document .

The structure of HTML document is simple , consisting of an outer <html> tag enclosing the document head and body :
     <title>Title of page</title>
      This is an Example of simple <b>HTML document </b>

HTML file is a plain text so it can be created using any text editor  and can be saved as filename.htm.
Each document has a head and a body, delimited by the <head> and <body> tags. The head where you give HTML document a title and where you indicate other parameters the browser may use when displaying the  document. The body is where you put the actual contents of HTML documents. This includes the text to display and document control markers (tags) that advise the browser how to display text. Tags also references special-effects files, including sound and graphics, and indicate the hyperlinks and anchors that are used to link document to other document.


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