What is HTML? DigiGround Blog

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a language used behind the scenes of every website. HTML uses tags to form the content in a visible way to display on a web page. It is relatively easy to learn and does not require lots of time to understand. It includes everything from your headers, spaces and paragraphs on your web page.

HTML can be as simple as writing this blog, but it is written in specific tags so the browser can translate the content into a visible form. The browser does not display tags to the end user, but instead uses it to render the web page so the content is seen in an organised order.

HTML is not considered a programming language because it does not serve a functional purpose. What I mean by a functional purpose is the rule that accomplishes a specific task. For example, data goes in, then it gets processed and you end up with a result. But that is not the case with HTML.  The sole purpose of it is to define a simple web page structure which consists of text or images. But when using it in conjunction with other languages such as CSS (Cascading Style Sheet), JavaScript or others, it becomes the product of a functional purpose. I have explained this further in my blog.

What actually is HTML? See examples of  tags below:

these tags refer to your paragraphs’ headers

this tag refers to your paragraphs


this tag refers to a space

    this tag refers to an unorganized list

  • this tag refers to listing items

You will realise that all of these tags end with a backslash. The backslash is telling your browser that the tag ends and it no longer needs to display any more content to the end user.  The above tags are simple ones but in reality, there are so many other tags which tell the browser how to format content in a specific way.

So, in conclusion, anyone can learn HTML. With a little practice, you will get the hang of it and how to format simple content through tags. It just takes practise. But I will say, when you do know other coding languages (such as CSS) you can make your HTML really stand out.

If you want to know more about how websites work, then check out our Web Design Blogs and stay tuned for my next blog about CSS, a styling language that changes the look and feel of your content.

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