Web Site Building · Learning Basic HTML · Tags

What this is about:

Let's get into the real nitty-gritty of HTML coding. HTML is written and interpreted much as we read, from top to bottom, and left to right, of course unless you're Arabic or Asian. You create sections on your web page with tags. Think of tags as commands in the language of HTML. If you want a word to be bold you put tags where that word begins and ends. Or if you want to use italic text the tags will surround those words.

The Less Than — Greater Than Symbols

All tags are formatted the same, no exceptions. They begin with the < symbol, and end with >. What goes in between them is the tag. To know HTML you begin to learn what all the tags are and do. For example, you use the <B> tag to create bold text. <B> for bold, makes sense. Don't worry, it doesn't all make sense, wouldn't be high-tech if it did.

Here is the tag set you would use to make the phrase By George, I think she's got it formatted in italics:

<i>By George, I think she's got it</i>

Notice the / in the ending </i> tag above. The / indicates the end of a tag to close the set. So the <i> starts the italics tag, By George, I think she's got it is what will display on the page, and </i> closes the set. OK, that's easy enough, now what?

You start every Web page with the <HTML> tag and close it with the </HTML> tag. This seems right, we're describing this as the start and end of an HTML file. Next you should name your page. This is done with the <TITLE>Internet Brothers: Web Site Building, Learning Basic HTML — Tags</TITLE> tag set. The page title will appear in the title bar of the browser window. Look at the top of your browser window to see what we mean.

Now lets discuss some more simple text formatting tags, and a few others you will see on nearly all web pages:


What it does






Start a new paragraph


Start a new line


Horizontal Rule

This concludes tutorial 2, you should go try some of these tags now in your text editor and browser. When you have saved your HTML file in the text editor, you may display it with the browser by selecting File/Open from the menu bar, then choosing the HTML file you just created. You can't learn if you don't try it. Remember to start each page with the <HTML> tag. How do you end it?


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