29 May 05
hypertext markup language
Examine the text of the html file in a text editor, such as Word Pad, Note Tab Pro, Coffee Cup, etc.
You will see it starts
and ends with </html>
Things inside < > marks are "tags." They are the instructions to the browser. In general, < > starts an instruction and </ > ends the instruction -- with the instruction between the brackets. For example to bold some text we do this: <b>bold</b> text That one comes out looking like:
<i>italic</i> text looks like
There is a header
section near the top of the page, between the tags <head>
This section includes instructions for background color, any background
image to be tiled over the entire page; it includes general text color
and colors for the link text, visited link text, active link text, and
followed link text; it includes page title, author of page, special instructions
to Web search engines, such as key words and instructions not to report
back to searches.
This topic is, of
course, the subject matter of entire books -- large books. So this
is just a start.
don't have to learn much, if any, of the actual writing of the html tags.
That's what so many software programs can do for you. But as you
get familiar with making Web pages, it will become more and more useful
to learn a little of how those tags work.