November 6, 2009, Newsletter Issue #58: What Is HTML?

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When people think of Web technology, they automatically think of HTML; the two are linked together almost automatically. HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language, and it is one of the primary ways that information is processed and presented on the Internet. People who go into Web design or who want to do graphic design on the Web will need to understand HTML to ensure they are able to perform their duties.

HTML files are made up of text characters that have tags in them that tell the Web browser how the page should look. Editing HTML documents is made much easier by using programs such as Dreamweaver or Front Page. These editor programs are sometimes referred to as WYSIWYG, meaning "what you see is what you get". This is especially helpful when doing layout work.

Learning HTML can take a while, but once you understand how it works, it makes everything on the Web far easier to understand in terms of programming, setup and layout. It can enable you to work with colors, lists and other key features of Website design, and it is pretty much used as the industry standard throughout the world.

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