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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 with <html> and ends with </html>
(Probably with a "Doc type" identification out in front.

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:

bold text

<i>italic</i> text  looks like

italic text

There is a header section near the top of the page, between the tags <head> and </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.

Fortunately, you 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.

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