Appendix B. HTML basics

If you’ve never created a web page before picking up this book, this appendix will bring you up to speed on the fundamentals of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) so you can fully enjoy the rest of the book. It covers these areas:

  • Basic HTML syntax: what it’s made up of
  • Common HTML elements for text, metadata, links, and images
  • What makes a particular text file an HTML document
  • How to learn by example with View Source

This short appendix will be a whirlwind introduction. To get you up to speed as quickly as possible it’s opinionated about issues that are fundamentally a matter of style or preference. I won’t waste your time showing you several slightly different ways of doing the same thing; I’ll concentrate on the things ...

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