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This course introduces web designers to the nuts and bolts of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the programming language used to create web pages. Author Bill Weinman explains what HTML is, how it's structured, and presents the major tags and features of the language. Discover how to format text and lists, add images and flow text around them, link to other pages and sites, embed audio and video, and create HTML forms. Additional tutorials cover the new elements in HTML5, the latest version of HTML, and prepare you to start working with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
The head section of an HTML document is like the front matter of a book. It's where the information about the document goes. The meta information that describes things about the document that support how it's rendered, how it's navigated, how it's assembled and otherwise how the document works. Let's make a working copy of head.html out of the Chap03 folder of the exercise files. I am going to call this head-working.html, and I am going to go ahead and open this in my text editor here.
And you see down here right after the HTML tag, you see this head tag, and there is the end tag down there. So that's the entire head section of the document right there. Things that go in the head section are considered to be in the metadata content model; these include the title element, meta, link, script, style and base elements. In this example, here on line 6, we have a meta tag, in this case for informing the browser what character set is being used in this document.
Meta can serve many purposes. We'll cover a little more of it later in this chapter. The title element beginning on line 7 is for setting the title of the document. The title element is required in HTML even if it's empty, and there may only be one title element. In the early days of the web people used to put multiple title elements in the document in order to animate the title. This is no longer supported by any of the modern browsers. It was fun while it lasted. The link element is used to create a relationship with other documents, and here we've a link element on line 10.
In this case, we're using it to bring in a stylesheet and this is its most common use, in fact, I don't think I've seen it used for anything else in the long time. It's possible to link other HTML pages and set up relationships of forward and back and such, but most browsers don't support that anymore and nobody ever used those features very much in the first place. So the head section of the document is where information about the document lives. This metadata is critical for describing your document to the browser, to search engines, and to other automated processes that may need to use it.
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