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Chapter 1. ✓ Start Here > What Is HTML?

What Is HTML?

Many websites are filled with graphics, colors, sophisticated layouts, interactivity, and even music and videos. So you might think that to build a page or a site requires superhuman feats of programming. In fact, it's easy to build web pages and sites. That's because no programming is required. Pages are built using the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). Throughout this book, you'll build web pages in a variety of ways, such as by filling in forms on a website, or by using a program such as Netscape Composer. But when you build those pages, behind the scenes the website or program is taking your instructions and creating HTML pages, which are then posted on the server. You can also create HTML pages without use of an HTML tool by simply typing in HTML code into a text file.

▸ KEY TERM

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)— The language of the Web. A language used to build pages that contain instructions on how to display web pages.



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