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Chapter 1. Fundamentals of Web Publishing > HTML Is Not Programming

HTML Is Not Programming

You might be a little intimidated by all these acronyms, abbreviations, and specifications-speak. Don’t be. Heck, I had to look most of that stuff up as I was writing this, just to make sure I was up-to-date! In most cases, HTML and XHTML concepts are surprisingly simple after you have the basic sense of the way the markup works.

It may be comforting to keep repeating to yourself that HTML isn’t anywhere near as complex as programming. Whereas programming is the process of creating scripts or applications using complicated computer languages such as C++ or Java, creating Web pages is generally referred to as authoring. That’s because most of what you’re doing is simply entering text, and then adding codes in and around that text to organize it on the page. From there, you add elements that cause images or multimedia to appear on the page, or elements that make the page look better. That’s what a good portion of this book deals with and it’s all you need to know to put together informative, organized Web pages.


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