AN INTRODUCTION TO HTML
What is HTML?:
HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is the name of the language predominantly used for formatting the view of a web page and its contents.
HTML works using sets of tags, tags are instructions to your computers browser on how to build the view of the webpage.
Tags are what are used to actual tell the browser what to do. When you create a tag, you usually also have to create another one to close it. to create a tag you use triangualr brackets as seen here.
1< > 2</ >
What can be seen above in diagrams 1 and 2 is a set of tags that are currently empty. As it stands they will not do anything. Diagram 1 shows a tag which would contain the instructions to your browser telling it to begin what you want it to. Diagram 2 shows the close of the tag, when you want your computer to stop formatting, you must close the tag, this is done by putting a forward slash after the first triangular bracket. This can be seen more clearly in diagram 3.
Creating a webpage
Now you know how to insert the tags needed to create a web page, however If you were to view a page containing just the code in diagram 6, there would be nothing on the page except a title.
You may place any text you wish between the body tags and it shall appear on a plain white background in a plain black font. much like this text you are reading now.
There may be a time when you wish for you text to be formatted, just like when you use word, excell etc
It is perfectly possible to do things
like this to do this, all you need to do is place your set of tags around the section of text you want formatting. As you can see it is also possible to have more than one set of tags working at the same time. Below is a list of tags and what the effect is.
<font color="red">Red text</font> - you may substitute blue for many colours, alternativly insert a Hex code instead.
<font size="1">small text</font>
break (next line)
<img src="image URL">
This is only a small list of basic html tags. There are many many more, however these will be lookes at another time.