HTML editing

HTML editing


HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language and is widely used to create and format web pages.  An HTML element contains three main parts: the start tag, the content, and the end tag.  Tags are delineated by <, > and /.  When you view the HTML version of a web page, each element starts with <tag name>, then contains the contents, then ends with </tag name>.  You can add attributes to elements to further refine formatting.  Attributes are housed within the start tag and consist of a name and a value, separated by an equal sign (=).



When using web based tools with text editors (e.g., popular Learning Management Systems and Blogs), a basic understanding of HTML and commonly used tags can be helpful to complete certain formatting functions.



Common tags 

paragraphs: <p>This is the content of paragraph one</p>

horizontal rules a line across the page:  <hr> (no end tag)

bulleted list: <ul>
<li>List Item 1</li>
<li>List Item 2</li>

numbered list: <ol>
<li>List Item 1</li>
<li>List Item 2</li>

hyperlink: <a href=”URL”>Link label</a>

email link:  mailto:

Colors: Colors are represented by a 6 character code, usually called a hexidecimal (e.g., white = #FFFFFF).  To assign specific colors to fonts or other aspects of your webpage, it can be helpful to consult a ‘hexidecimal color picker’.



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