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HTML – what is it used for and why should I learn it?

HTML stands for H Yper T ext M arkup L anguage and together with CSS and JavaScript the foundation for any web page.

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19 juni 2020

HTML, we hope everyone has heard these four letters together by now. Everyone looks at HTML every day, maybe you just don't know it. In our previous blog post , we talked about JavaScript. In this article we will tell you what HTML is and why you should learn it.

What is HTML?

HTML stands for H Yper T ext M arkup L anguage and together with CSS and JavaScript the foundation for any web page. To explain the role HTML plays in this, we use a human metaphor. If you compare a web page with a human body, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) would determine the personal characteristics, such as the color of the eyes, skin and hair. JavaScript would dictate movements and interaction, such as giving a handshake, a wink, or a smile. HTML can be seen as the skeleton, it gives a structure to the whole.

How does HTML work?

HTML provides structure by using tags, which tell a text what to do. For example, HTML allows for paragraphs, page breaks, bold or italics, and much more. It's important to let a web page know that you're using HTML. You do this by starting each page with the <html> tag and ending with the </html> tag. For example, to make a word bold, the word is placed between the following tags: <b> word bold </b> . The first tag specifies where the bold should begin and the closing tag (/) specifies where the bold should end. Using these tags is the foundation for almost every page on the web. Therefore, HTML is also a good starting point if you want to learn to code.

Some examples

If you want to make a text italicized, use the tags <i> and </i>.
You indicate underlined text with the tags <u> and </u>.
If you want to strike out a text, use the tags <del> and </del>.

This is just a small selection of the possibilities of HTML. With HTML you can also indicate which text should be larger or smaller, you can create paragraphs or entire paragraphs with it, you can align texts, determine which images will be shown and much more. When you start learning HTML you will automatically discover all the possibilities.

View HTML of a page

It is very easy to view the HTML of a web page, even if this page is not yours. How do you do that? Go to the page and simply right click and choose “inspect”. This way you will see all the code of the page. This is a fun way to see how HTML is applied in practice.

Why you should learn HTML?

It doesn't matter what or to what extent you use the internet, everyone comes into contact with it. The vast majority are ultimately used by business and various industries. They also all use HTML. As the online world grows, the demand for people with technical skills will also continue to grow. Being able to code is a skill of the future, so make yourself future proof and start learning HTML.

Have you become enthusiastic and do you want to start right away? Then register for the course: HTML & CSS Fundamentals.

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