HTML… What is it exactly?

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February 26, 2013 by skyebecks

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When you look into designing your own website, one of the first things you will come across is HTML. This is something very alien to me and it might as well be in a foreign language because I don’t understand it either way. I decided to do some research about HTML, in order for me to understand it better.

According to http://dictionary.reference.com, HTML is:

HTML

HyperText Markup language: a set of standards, a variety of SGML, used to tag the elements of a hypertext document. It is the standard protocol for formatting and displaying documents on the World Wide Web.
The way I understand it, is that HTML is the code that is used to create a website. The code is like instructions to the server on how the website should appear and what information it should include. When you look at a page of HTML it can be very overwhelming as non of it appears to make any sense. It just looks like line after line of text and symbols that cannot be interpreted.
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This text is the make up of your website. It is everything that you see on your web page, from your headings, to your images, to the navigation buttons.
HTML is something that I understand better now, but not enough to use it to create a Website from scratch. This is why I decided very early in the module that I would buy a template from a website such as Theme Forest, then at least the theme of the website has already been done and I will just need to customise it by adding my own images and creating my own pages and titles.
Also, with a template, most of the HTML has already been entered, so you can experiment with this by altering the code and seeing which bit affects which part of your website.
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