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What is HTML, List of Basic HTML tags, and how to run HTML codes

Updated on April 7, 2013

What is HTML?

HTML stands for Hypertext Mark-up Language, a scripting language and a building block on making a website. HTML has HTML Tags. HTML tags are letters which encloses with <>. Through HTML tags, the browser can be able to interpret what the website designer wants to do, and that interpretation would be displayed in the browser window. The HTML tags has an opening as well as closing tag. <html> is an example of an opening tag, and </html> is an example of a closing tag. The only difference of an opening tag and a closing tag is the backslash(/) that every closing tags contain. It means that the specific tag ends there.

How to make an HTML file to design your website or webpage offline?

In making an HTML File you should follow the rules in order for it to be interpreted by your browser. This is the syntax you should follow on making an HTML file:


<title>Write the title of your webpage here</title>


…write your code here



Here is some collection of the most basic HTML Tags

Starts a HTML File
Tags to read the title of the page
Tag to read the body of the HTML File
Tag use for first hearding
Tag to use for paragraph
Tag to use for form
Tag to use to border the form
Tag use to name the form
Tag use to make a table
Tag to use for row
Tag to use for column
Tag to use to bold the letters
Tag to use to Italic the letters
Tag to use for line break
Tag to use to center the output
Tag to use for link
Tag use for list of items
Tag use for an ordered list
Tag use for unordered list

Example of a running html file

	<title>Web Design</title>
		<center><h1>Web Page Design</h1><center>
		<p><strong>This is how to make a paragraph and bold all the letters.</strong></p>
		<p>How to design a webpage on your browser? Designing a webpage on your browser is just easy! 
		Just read through this tutorial and you will know how to make a webpage or even a website in your own browser!
		Remember to use tags for line break though.</p>
		<br />
		<p>Do you want to know on how to make an HTML form? This is how to make a form! You will use
		the table tags, row and column tags to arrange the form.</p>
		<center><form action="">
			<legend>Hubpages Information</legend>
					<td>Hubpages Account:</td>
					<td><input type = "text" name = "accountname"/></td>
					<td><input type = "text" name = "username"/></td>
					<td>Email Address:</td>
					<td><input type = "text" name = "email"/></td>
					<td><input type = "password" name = "password"/></td>
		<center><em>This is a form</em></center>

So, how to run this HTML Code or File in your own browser?

1. Copy and paste the code above in your notepad

2. Save your file with a .html extension

3. After the file is saved, go to the location of the file that you saved

4. If you observed the file has an image of your default browser, double click it

5. The result must be like this.

That is how to make and run an HTML file on your browser. So simple is it? You can begin now on designing your own website on your browser before deploying it on the world wide web. You can also practice as long as you want and educate yourself on designing a website!


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    • aisha91 profile image

      Rasna Aisha 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      hello lindasmith,

      I don't get your question :) Yeah, I agree that it is quite confusing if you do not seek to understand it. However,learning html and other scripting languages is very important to IT and Comsci students especially if they want to build a strong and impressive port folio. It is also true that you can build a website without learning html and the others, but for those who want to understand what they are doing and improve what they know to gain more success then learning such scripting languages would be a big help. I wish I could learn it all...LOL

    • LindaSmith1 profile image

      LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

      Enter code, what code? I find HTML so confusing and do not see any benefit since you can build websites without it.


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