Introduction to HTML
Language(HTML) : - A Tutorial Part
by Dr. T V Gopal
School of Computer Science and Engneering
Chennai - 600 025
The author did not spend hours studiously
pouring over some reference book before producing the first HTML document. You probably
should not either. HTML is simple to read and understand and it is simple to write too.
HTML is a document-layout and hyperlink-specification language. It defines the syntax and
placement of special, embedded directions that are not displayed by the browser, but tell
it how to display the contents of the document, including text, images, and other support
media. The language also tells you how to make a document interactive through special
hypertext links, which connect your document with other documents in yours and other's
collections, as well with other internet resources like FTP and Gopher.
HTML provides many different ways to let you define the appearance of your documents. Font
specifications, line breaks and preformatted text are all features of HTML. Besides, HTML
contains many more ways for structuring your document content without regard to the final
appearance. Section headers, structured lists, paragraphs, rules,
titles and embedded images are all defined by HTML without regard for how these elements
might be rendered by a browser.
The key strength of HTML is this document structuring ability.
HTML is not a document generation tool on the lines of Mcrosoft Word or FrameMaker.