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A Beginner's Guide to HTML

Beginners Guide to HTML

HTML (Hyper Text Marking Language) is a language that web pages use. HTML uses tags to identify formatting for various portions of a page such as a header, footer, paragraph and lists. By using a beginning tag and an end tag, you are describing what the characters between the tags will look like.

For example, if were to write a short paragraph using HTML, it would be written like this:

An HTML document will have funny looking tags, but they are all important.

And it would look like this:

An HTML document will have funny looking tags, but they are all important.

All tags are placed in <> at the beginning, and at the end. Abbreviations such as B for bold, I for italics and P for paragraph are used in HTML. Additional tag definitions can be used for font size, font color, hypertext links and many others.

HTML was originally developed in the early 1990’s as a way to define certain aspects of a web page. Using HTML has benefits to the webmaster as well as the end user. HTML can be used in creating web pages and also in e-mails. By using HTML you can get a web page or e-mail to have the look and feel that you want to have. Using HTML you could add images, colors, and other elements that can add to the page. The alternative would be to have a plain text document or e-mail which would be very ordinary looking, without the graphical elements that would add to the presentation value.

There are several different ways to create an HTML page or e-mail. One would be to write the page yourself, using HTML codes. It is a little time consuming this way, but you would have greater control on what is included. Other alternatives would be using an HTML page editor software to create the pages. Once the pages have been written, you would need to upload the files to your website host. However one suggestion would be to preview the site before it goes live. That way you can look at the site and see if it looks OK, before any outside eyes see it.

Another benefit of creating a file or website in HTML is it can be sent to another person via a file sharing program. There are several ways to share files. One would be if you are on the same network. In this case, simply save the file on the network, and other people with appropriate administrative access can view the file. Another way to share files is by using a file sharing website. In this instance, you would upload the file to the website and it would be delivered electronically to the website, where the recipient can retrieve it. A third method would be via e-mail. However, since e-mail is not a secure way to transmit files, it would be recommended that you zip the file and password protect it. Call the recipient to tell them the password, and the file will be safe in case it would incepted by anyone other than the intended receiver.

In conclusion, if you have the opportunity to create a page, by using HTML you will have a vibrant webpage that will gain the attention that it deserves.

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