Originally, HTML was developed with the intent of defining the structure of documents like headings, paragraphs, lists, and so forth to facilitate the sharing of scientific information between researchers.
Basic HTML Document
In its simplest form, following is an example of an HTML document:
<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>This is document title</title> </head> <body> <h1>This is a heading</h1> <p>Document content goes here.....</p> </body> </html>
Either you can use Try it option available at the top right corner of the code box to check the result of this HTML code, or let’s save it in an HTML file test.htmusing your favorite text editor. Finally open it using a web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, or Firefox etc. It must show the following output:
As told earlier, HTML is a markup language and makes use of various tags to format the content. These tags are enclosed within angle braces <Tag Name>. Except few tags, most of the tags have their corresponding closing tags. For example <html> has its closing tag </html> and <body> tag has its closing tag </body> tag etc.
|<!DOCTYPE…>||This tag defines the document type and HTML version.|
|<html>||This tag encloses the complete HTML document and mainly comprises of document header which is represented by<head>…</head> and document body which is represented by <body>…</body> tags.|
|<head>||This tag represents the document’s header which can keep other HTML tags like <title>, <link> etc.|
|<title>||The <title> tag is used inside the <head> tag to mention the document title.|
|<body>||This tag represents the document’s body which keeps other HTML tags like <h1>, <div>, <p> etc.|
|<h1>||This tag represents the heading.|
|<p>||This tag represents a paragraph.|
To learn HTML, you will need to study various tags and understand how do they behave while formatting a textual document. Learning HTML is simple as users have to learn the usage of different tags in order to format the text or images to make a beautiful webpage.
HTML Document Structure
A typical HTML document will have following structure:
Document declaration tag
<html> <head> Document header related tags </head> <body> Document body related tags </body> </html>
The <!DOCTYPE> Declaration
There are many other declaration types which can be used in HTML document depending on what version of HTML is being used. We will see more details on this while discussing <!DOCTYPE…> tag along with other HTML tags.