What is an html File?

HTML is a format that tells a computer how to display a web page. The documents themselves are plain text files with special "tags" or codes that a web browser uses to interpret and display information on your computer screen.

1. HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language
2. An HTML file is a text file containing small markup tags
3. The markup tags tell the Web browser how to display the page
4. An HTML file must have an htm or html file extension

Try It?

Open your text editor and type the following text:

<title>My First Webpage</title>
This is my first homepage. <b>This text is bold</b>

Save the file as mypage.html. Start your Internet browser. Select Open (or Open Page) in the File menu of your browser. A dialog box will appear. Select Browse (or Choose File) and locate the html file you just created - mypage.html - select it and click Open. Now you should see an address in the dialog box, for example C:\MyDocuments\mypage.html. Click OK, and the browser will display the page. To view how the page should look, visit this web page: http://profdevtrain.austincc.edu/html/mypage.html

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