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Some Basics

When the web was young, HTML was merely a way to format simple, get-the-job-done web pages. After people started designing with HTML, tweaking and bending it here and there to create interesting and functional layouts, HTML grew beyond its original scope. Using HTML within blog posts takes you back to some of that straightforward information formatting HTML was originally all about.

To use HTML in your blog posts, you need to know about tags. A tag tells the browser to do something, and sometimes, what’s called an attribute goes inside the tag to tell the browser just how to do it. Most tags need to be placed around the text you’d like to format.

The tag for creating bold text is <b></b>. Here is an example of a tag in action using the bold tag:

<b>I want this text to appear bold</b> 

The <b> opens the tag and the </b> closes it. It is very important that you remember to close a tag. If you don’t close a <b> tag with </b>, for example, all the text on your blog that follows the opening <b> tag could end up being bold (or linked, or italicized—whatever tag you are attributing to the text). Not all tags need to be closed, but most of them do.

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