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Chapter 5. Defining HTML Syntax > Syntax and Structure

Syntax and Structure

To build a strong understanding of HTML, we look to the structure of the language itself. You might remember the painful task of diagramming sentences in grammar school. You may already know that working with HTML, although similar, isn't quite as painful. However, it does follow certain rules of order.

HTML is really quite logical, unlike the English language (and many other languages, for that matter). Certainly, there are exceptions to rules, and there are modifications or interpretations of those rules. However, after a sense of the basic structure is intact, it's easy to see that HTML is simply a set of logical pieces that make up a fairly sensible language.


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