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What is HTML

HTML is a Markup Language for creating Web pages.


HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It is used to create Web pages. That is, Web pages all over the world consist of HTML.
We can look at how other people have coded their Web pages. Click on the "View" menu and then on "Source".

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
  <title>Sample Web page</title>
  <p>Here is a paragraph</p>


The HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the publishing language of the World Wide Web. The first version of HTML was described by Tim Berners-Lee in late 1991. For its first five years (1990-1995), HTML went through a number of revisions and experienced a number of extensions, primarily hosted first at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), and then at the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force).

With the creation of the W3C, HTML's development changed venue again. A first abortive attempt at extending HTML in 1995 known as HTML 3.0 then made way to a more pragmatic approach known as HTML 3.2, which was completed in 1997. HTML 4 followed, reaching completion in 1998.

Version Published year
HTML+ 1993
HTML 2.0 1995
HTML 3.2 1997
HTML 4.01 1999

See also 1.4 History


HTML uses markup tags to create Web pages. All content on the Web page is determined by the tags, such as: "Here is a paragraph," "This is an image," and so on.

Let's see the next contents, "Tag syntax."