HTML is nothing more than a simple text file that can be created in any text editor (like Windows Notepad, for example). What makes HTML different from a normal text file is that the content of the file is “marked up” with special tags that indicate what the content is supposed to be.
For example, a paragraph of text (just like a paragraph in a book) is enclosed by a paragraph element, like this:
<p>A paragraph goes in here</p>The web browser reads the element tags and knows that their contents must therefore be a paragraph. If you want to apply emphasis to words, you can enclose the text to be emphasized in elements specially created for that purpose:
<p>This paragraph has <em>emphasized text</em>, as well as text that is <strong>emphasized with greater strength</strong></p>Note that the elements must be correctly nested for everything to work properly. To create a link that a user can click, HTML provides the anchor element, which accepts an attribute that tells the browser where to go when the link is clicked:
<p>This paragraph has a <a href="http://google.com/">link to Google</a> in it.</p>I wrote a simple tutorial that explains most of the common elements of XHTML (a modernized version of HTML), a few years ago. You can find it here: [b]http://jessey.net/simon/xhtml_tutorial/[b]
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