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Lesson 1

Introduction to (HTML) Hypertext Markup Language

In this module, you will learn to use (HTML)Hypertext Markup Language, which is the language of the Web. The following lessons will get you up and running with the basic HTML elements you will need to create your own Web site.
After completing this module, you will be able to:
  1. Identify file-naming conventions and directory structures
  2. Identify editors used to create Web pages
  3. Identify the HTML page structure and the tags used
  4. Explain META tags
  5. Define commonly used HTML tags
  6. Create a simple HTML page

Along the way, you will also learn the best practices for HTML coding and page design, and where to turn for additional information.
In the next lesson, you will learn file naming and directory structure basics to keep in mind as you design your Web site.

Confused about when to use HTML and when to use XHTML?
Want to know what the syntax differences are between the two?
Perhaps you would simply like to understand the basic structure of a web page?
Since the introduction of HTML5 as primary markup language for the web, I would forget about XHTML and start learning HTML5.
This section deals with the high-level concepts relating to HTML and XHTML, rather than the specific elements or attributes.
Even if you think you know HTML really well, there may be one or two surprises in this section.
While this reference aims to provide a thorough breakdown of the various HTML elements and their respective attributes, you also need to understand how these items fit into the bigger picture. A web page is structured as follows.
The first item to appear in the source code of a web page is the doctype declaration. This provides the web browser (or other user agent) with information about the type of markup language in which the page is written, which may or may not affect the way the browser renders the content.
Most WYSIWYG web editors will create the doctype for you automatically after you have selected from a dialog the type of document you are creating.