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Asheel Ahmed Siddiqui
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The Basics of HTML: A Beginner's Guide

Welcome to the world of web development! If you're new to creating websites, understanding HTML is the first step in your journey. HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language, forms the backbone of every webpage on the internet. In this beginner's guide, we'll dive into the fundamentals of HTML and get you started on your path to becoming a web developer.

What is HTML?
HTML is the standard markup language used to create and structure content on the web. It consists of a series of elements, each surrounded by opening and closing tags, which define the structure and semantics of the content. These elements form the building blocks of a webpage, allowing you to include text, images, links, and more.

Basic HTML Structure:
Let's start by looking at the basic structure of an HTML document:

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <title>My First Webpage</title>
  <h1>Hello, World!</h1>
  <p>This is a paragraph of text.</p>
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  • <!DOCTYPE html>: Declares the document type and version of HTML being used.
  • <html>: The root element that contains all other elements on the page.
  • <head>: Contains metadata about the document, such as the page title and links to external resources.
  • <title>: Sets the title of the webpage, displayed in the browser's title bar or tab.
  • <body>: Contains the main content of the webpage.
  • <h1> and <p>: Examples of HTML elements for heading and paragraph text.

Common HTML Elements:
HTML offers a wide range of elements for structuring content. Some common elements include:

  • <div>: Defines a division or section of the webpage.
  • <a>: Creates a hyperlink to another webpage or resource.
  • <img>: Embeds an image into the webpage.
  • <ul> and <li>: Creates unordered lists with list items.
  • <table>, <tr>, <td>: Defines a table structure with rows and cells.

Attributes and Tags:
HTML elements can have attributes that provide additional information or modify their behavior. For example, the <a> element has an href attribute to specify the URL of the link. Tags can also have attributes like class or id for styling and JavaScript purposes.

HTML is the foundation of web development, and understanding its basics is essential for anyone looking to create websites. In this beginner's guide, we've covered the fundamental concepts of HTML, including its structure, common elements, attributes, and tags. Armed with this knowledge, you're ready to start building your own webpages and exploring the endless possibilities of the web.

Now that you've got a grasp of HTML, stay tuned for our next guide where we'll dive deeper into styling your webpages with CSS!

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Asheel Ahmed Siddiqui

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