HTML – Hypertext Mark-Up Language

HTML, or Hypertext Mark-Up Language, is a common language used on the World Wide Web to format webpages and documents.

Code, or tags (such as <strong></strong>, which go at the beginning and end of text you want to make bold), are added to “mark up” the text so that when a user views the webpage on their internet browser, it is formatted correctly and appears as the writer or web editor wanted it to be displayed. (Although different browsers can display pages differently, using the most up to date code for html should minimise this problem.)

If you are setting up a website, you will find that most web editing packages allow you to type any content then format it using the types of buttons you’re familiar with from a Word package – B, and I, for Bold, and Italic, for example. So you don’t need to know html, although it does help to have an idea of how particular tags format a webpage.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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