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Updated on August 25, 2011

For complete beginners only!

This Hub will bore you to death if you know anything about HTML already. Well, maybe not since this is a rather short hub. I go over some rudimentary basics of HTML and that is it.

Why might you take interest in Hyptertext Markup Language which was developed by Tim Berners-Lee and became commercially available in 1994? (Yes, that run on sentence was on purpose. Its nice to save a lot of space.) It is usually the core foundation of a web site. You've probably heard of CSS, JavaScript, XML, etc. Those things go hand in hand with HTML but you don't need to know any of those to know HTML. You should learn HTML before you learn any of those things.

This is the code you'll see in an extremely basic HTML document:

<html><head><title>the title of your page</title></head><body><p>Hi world, what's going on?</p></body></html>

HTML consists of opening and closing tags, as you can see. What you just saw was mostly self explanatory, but just so you know the <p> tag stands for paragraph - It just indicates the start of a new paragraph.

There are a lot of different tags for a lot of different purposes in HTML. For instance, the <hr> tag stands for horizontal rule and it will make exactly that across the page. You can format text with tags like <b> and <i>, which stand for bold and italic. It is recommended that you use Cascading Style Sheets to make your page look more attractive and professional. You can use JavaScript to make your web site more lively and dynamic (JS has nothing to do with Java, by the way. Do not let the name mislead you.) CSS is just as easy to learn as HTML, if not more so. If you can't learn HTML then something is seriously wrong with you!

You can start writing HTML documents right now by opening up Notepad and typing on code. Save the file with the extension (dot)html. I recommend using a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor like Dreamweaver so that typing code is more pleasant. That acronym is meant to be said as a word, so you know.

Alright, I just told you what HTML is. A Hub like this might be a good one to share with your grandparents if they're wondering what HTML is and you don't want to explain it to them.

A lot of coders waste a lot of time writing the same bits of code over and over and, most notably people who are new to it. In this Hub Page, I share a list of free tools which helps you save tons of time when you write code.


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      stuff4you 6 years ago

      Dear cyber tough guys: Please stop being mean to me.

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      LOL2 6 years ago

      LOL is right.

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      LOL 6 years ago

      All of your credibility went out the window with the Dreamweaver recommendation. Not that there was much to begin with.

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      David 7 years ago

      Great tutorial even though I know everything here. lol