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HTML, XHTML, and CSS 101 > Of Tags and Properties

Of Tags and Properties

In the example above—and, indeed, in the HTML code of any Web page you examine—you’ll notice that most commands appear in pairs that surround a block of text or other commands.

These bracketed commands constitute the “markup” part of the Hypertext Markup Language and are called tags. Sandwiched between brackets, tags are simply instructions that tell a Web browser how to display the Web page.

The starting tag of each pair tells the browser where the instruction begins, and the ending tag tells it where the instruction ends. Ending tags always include a forward slash (/) after the first bracket symbol (<), which tells the browser that this is a closing tag.


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