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What Does HTML Do?

HTML (short for HyperText Markup Language) is a computer language that tells web browsers what a webpage should look like. Web developers use HTML to create webpages that users can view and interact with using a browser such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Safari.

When you open your web browser and visit a webpage, your browser looks at the webpage’s source code (written in HTML) and translates this into a webpage that you can read and engage with. If you want to look at the page’s raw, untranslated HTML, simply right-click anywhere on the page and select ‘View Source’.

A HTML file is made up of tags. A tag starts like <this> and ends like </this>, and it tells your web browser how a certain element of the webpage should be presented. For example, the <strong> tag is used to make text inside the tag appear bold, so the following piece of HTML...

...would give the following result:

Example text here

HTML tags can be used to do lots of different things on a webpage, from changing the appearance of text to creating clickable hyperlinks and displaying images, videos, and interactive elements.

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