Markup language for websites
The standard language for websites
According to w3.org HTML is the language for describing the structure of Web pages. HTML gives authors the means to:
Publish online documents with headings, text, tables, lists, photos, etc.
- Retrieve online information via hypertext links, at the click of a button.
- Design forms for conducting transactions with remote services, for use in searching for information, making reservations, ordering products, etc.
- Include spread-sheets, video clips, sound clips, and other applications directly in their documents.
HTMLis the publishing language of the World Wide Web
Developers use lots of different coding languages to build websites – ASP, PHP, Java, .NET and VB to name but a few.
However, the web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc) convert these server-side languages into HTML (or a variation).
Take this website as an example.
DataMouse.biz is created using PHP – specifically, it’s based on WordPress. However, if you take a look at its source code, you’ll only see HTML coding because the content and markup has been converted to HTML by the browser.
Occasionally, I code directly in HTML without using PHP.
This is perfect for static sites – small web projects that tend not to need regular content updates – as it’s quick, simple and keeps the development costs to a minimum for you.