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What is HTML?

What is HTML?

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a computer language created to allow website creation. These websites can then be viewed by anyone else connected to the Internet. It is relatively easy to learn and quite powerful in what it allows you to create. It is constantly undergoing revision and evolution to meet the demands and requirements of the growing Internet audience under the direction of the W3C, the organization charged with designing and maintaining the language.


The definition of HTML is HyperText Markup Language.

  • HyperText is the method by which you move around on the web — by clicking on special text called hyperlinks which bring you to the next page. The fact that it is hyper just means it is not linear — i.e. you can go to any place on the Internet whenever you want by clicking on links — there is no set order to do things in.
  • Markup is what HTML tags do to the text inside them. They mark it as a certain type of text (italicised text, for example).
  • HTML is a Language, as it has code-words and syntax like any other language.

How does it work?

HTML consists of a series of short codes typed into a text-file, saved as an html file, and viewed in a browser like Google Chrome. The browser reads the file and translates the text into a visible form. All that is needed to create an HTML is a basic text-editor, although, there are also powerful editors available with more bells and whistles.


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