Join James Williamson for an in-depth discussion in this video The importance of HTML, part of HTML Essential Training.
HTML can do all of this because it's a markup language. That means that HTML is used to mark up content in order to explain what that content is and how it relates to other content on the page. It does this through the use of tags, which are used to identify specific types of content. A p tag, for example, identifies the content as a paragraph, while the nav tag would identify its content as being part of the page's navigation. By knowing the rules of how tags work together, and which tags to use, it's incredibly simple to author an HTML page.
Sound easy? Well, that's because it is (chuckles). In fact, most people can learn the basics of HTML syntax in about five minutes. Now, for some of you, this may seem a little (chuckles) too simple. I mean, you're supposed to be learning how to code, right? Shouldn't this be a little bit more difficult? Well, I assure you, there is a little bit more to it than that, as you'll see in a moment. However, it's not an exaggeration to say that HTML is a simple language, and, to be honest, that is perhaps its greatest strength. You see, HTML's simplicity made it incredibly easy for people to learn and adopt.
In the early days of the web, this made it easy for developers to write browsers to display web content and for authors to learn how to structure their pages. And although HTML has grown and evolved over the years, it hasn't really changed that dramatically at all since the first version. This consistency has helped grow the adoption of the web, and we'll continue to feel its growth as it moves beyond browsers and into a connected world of devices and applications. The growth of connected devices like tablets, phones, appliances, and wearable tech are creating a much larger ecosystem for HTML content.
Regardless of how complex the site or web application is, or how many other technologies might be involved with it, at the core of the page, you're going to find HTML. That's why regardless of which skills you choose to focus on, HTML is an essential skill for you to learn and master.
- Why is HTML important?
- Exploring an HTML document
- Formatting content
- Displaying images
- Using nav, article, and div elements
- Linking to pages and downloadable content
- Creating lists
- Controlling styling (fonts, colors, and more)
- Writing basic scripts