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Understanding block-level and inline tags

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Video: Understanding block-level and inline tags

There are two major types of tags in HTML and XHTML. There are block level tags and inline level tags. Block levels tags are elements that contain other elements. These include paragraphs, headings, tables, etcetera and the special generic block element div. Inline level tags represent objects that typically occur in the line of text including I, B, image, etcetera and the special generic inline elements span. Let's take a look at some block and inline level elements in our editor here at the top of the screen. We see the center tag contains paragraphs and the paragraphs contain in this case an emphasize element and in this case an image element.

Understanding block-level and inline tags

There are two major types of tags in HTML and XHTML. There are block level tags and inline level tags. Block levels tags are elements that contain other elements. These include paragraphs, headings, tables, etcetera and the special generic block element div. Inline level tags represent objects that typically occur in the line of text including I, B, image, etcetera and the special generic inline elements span. Let's take a look at some block and inline level elements in our editor here at the top of the screen. We see the center tag contains paragraphs and the paragraphs contain in this case an emphasize element and in this case an image element.

Paragraphs are special in this way and that the P tag is the only block level element that cannot contain other block level elements. Paragraphs can only contain text and inline level elements. Other block level elements can contain both block level and inline level elements as in the case of the center tag here. Also, take note that images are inline elements. This can be a point of confusion, so it's good to remember. Images are inline elements; they are not block level elements.

This is just an overview of block and inline level tags. As we go over individual tags in the rest of the course. We'll talk about whether they are block level or inline level, so you can get that straight at the time.

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  1. 5m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 23s
    3. Choosing a text editor
      2m 31s
  2. 15m 46s
    1. Introducing HTML and XHTML
      2m 53s
    2. Understanding versions of HTML and XHTML
      2m 25s
    3. Exploring a simple XHTML page
      4m 47s
    4. Understanding the structure of an XHTML document
      2m 58s
    5. Understanding document containers
      54s
    6. Creating and using templates
      1m 49s
  3. 42m 4s
    1. Understanding how empty space is formatted in XHTML
      2m 42s
    2. Using paragraph tags
      2m 42s
    3. Aligning paragraphs
      2m 49s
    4. Understanding block-level and inline tags
      1m 24s
    5. Controlling line breaks and spaces
      5m 43s
    6. Formatting text with phrase element tags
      3m 28s
    7. Formatting text with font markup elements
      3m 24s
    8. Adding document structure with headings
      3m 25s
    9. Formatting quotations and quote marks
      2m 19s
    10. Preserving pre-formatted text
      1m 30s
    11. Selecting a typeface
      4m 33s
    12. Selecting a type size
      2m 11s
    13. Using ordered and unordered lists
      5m 54s
  4. 7m 48s
    1. Using inline images
      3m 17s
    2. Flowing text around an image
      2m 4s
    3. Breaking lines around an image
      2m 27s
  5. 22m 34s
    1. Working with hyperlinks
      7m 46s
    2. Using relative URLs
      3m 5s
    3. Specifying a base URL
      2m 4s
    4. Linking within a page using fragments
      4m 28s
    5. Creating image links
      5m 11s
  6. 22m 56s
    1. Introducing tables
      4m 37s
    2. Formatting tables with CSS
      8m 50s
    3. Aligning images with tables
      5m 7s
    4. Reviewing an alternative solution using CSS
      4m 22s
  7. 14m 31s
    1. Introducing frames
      7m 56s
    2. Hiding frame borders
      3m 15s
    3. Creating inline frames using iFrame
      3m 20s
  8. 20m 50s
    1. Introducing forms: part 1
      10m 37s
    2. Introducing forms: part 2
      7m 45s
    3. Using CGI with forms
      2m 28s
  9. 25m 42s
    1. Introducing CSS
      3m 11s
    2. Understanding levels of inheritance
      6m 10s
    3. Learning CSS syntax
      11m 23s
    4. Using units of measure in CSS
      4m 58s
  10. 1h 45m
    1. Comparing table layout and CSS layout
      1m 25s
    2. Exploring the finished web site
      2m 37s
    3. Building a document header
      8m 18s
    4. Placing a banner and a contact button
      8m 13s
    5. Laying out a main menu
      6m 55s
    6. Creating a layout template: main body area
      13m 31s
    7. Creating a layout template: sidebar area
      5m 17s
    8. Creating a layout template: footer content
      4m 46s
    9. Building a main home page: main body content
      11m 24s
    10. Building a main home page: sidebar content
      8m 52s
    11. Creating a page with a menu, graphics, and formatted links
      13m 26s
    12. Creating a page containing an ordered list
      6m 44s
    13. Creating a page containing video
      10m 45s
    14. Touring the finished site
      3m 45s
  11. 53s
    1. Goodbye
      53s

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