HTML Tags Tutorial and Information

HTML Basics - HTML Tags

HTML is a computer language, which is used to create websites. HTML consists of a variety of different HTML tags. But first, let's get the terminology straight:

What Is An HTML Tag

HTML is composed of labels or tags starting with a < (less than) and ending with a > (greater than) sign. This is what an HTML tag looks like:

What Is An Element

An HTML Element is a complete tag with an opening tag and a closing tag. This is what an HTML element looks like:
<tag> the opening tag, content, closing tag</tag>

What Is An HTML Attribute

The attribute is used to further specify or customize an element or tag.
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HTML tags describe the appearance of an HTML document in the web browser. To look up the HTML tags or HTML code of a web site on the world-wide web, simply go to your web browser. In your browser window go to "View", click on "Source" or "Page Source" to view the source code of a website containing the HTML code, which will open in Notepad (Internet Explorer) or a browser window.

Here is a list of the most important basic HTML tags (title tag, meta tags, image tag, color tag and more ... ) starting at the top of an HTML document:

The Doctype Tag

The Doctype (Docuement Type Declaration) tag is usually found in the very first line of an HTML document. The doctype tag gives the web browser basic information about the layout of the web page. This is what a doctype tag may look like:
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The Title Tag (Title Element)

Although the title tag is not visible to the visitor of the website, the title tag is one of the most important HTML tags. Why? The title tag is used by most search engines and directories to display the title of a web page in their search results pages. The words contained in the title tag should describe the content of the web page just like a headline describes an article in a newspaper. The title tag is very important for the porcess of search engine optimization!
<title>This Is The Title Tag</title>

The Meta Tags (Meta Element)

Meta tags are placed in the HEAD section of an HTML document and are very important for search engine optimization. The description meta tag (or element) allows web designers and webmasters to add a short description of the web page to the HTML document, and the keyword meta tag (element) allows us to add a list of keywords to the HTML page. Most search engines will consider the words contained within the description and keyword elements (meta tags) when determining your web page's search engine ranking.
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<meta name="keywords" content="keyword1, keyword2, keyword2, keyword4" />
<meta name="description" content="This is a short description of the web page" />

More Examples Of HTML Tags:

<body>This is a body tag</body>
<p>This is a paragraph tag</p>
<strong>This is a bold tag or strong tag</strong>
<h1>This is a heading tag</h1>
<li>This is a list tag</li>

As mentioned above, some HTML tags require a closing tag while other's do not require a closing tag. Here are some examples of HTML tags, which do not require a closing tag:
<br />
<hr />
<embed />
<img />

!Note: According to XHTML standards HTML tags, elements, and attributes should always be written in lowercase!
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