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What Does HTML Mean ?

HTML – (Hyper Text Mark Up Language) Coded format used to create Web documents. HTML commands control how a piece of text will appear in a browser.

Hypertext markup language (HYPERTEXT MARKUP LANGUAGE) is the major markup language used to display Web pages on the Internet. In other words, Web pages are composed of HYPERTEXT MARKUP LANGUAGE, which is used to display text, images or other resources through a Web browser.

All HYPERTEXT MARKUP LANGUAGE is plain text, meaning it is not compiled and may be read by humans. The file extension for a HYPERTEXT MARKUP LANGUAGE file is .htm or .html.

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New Web developers may mistake HYPERTEXT MARKUP LANGUAGE for a programming language when it is a markup language. HYPERTEXT MARKUP LANGUAGE is used with other technologies because all HYPERTEXT MARKUP LANGUAGE really does is organize documents. On the client side, JavaScript (JS) is used to provide interactivity. On the server side, a Web development platform like Ruby, PHP or ASP.NET is used.

When a Web developer builds an application, the work is performed on the server, and raw HYPERTEXT MARKUP LANGUAGE is sent out to the user. The line between server-side development and client-side development is blurry with technologies like AJAX.

HTML was never designed for the Web that exists today, as it is just a markup language with severe limitations, in terms of control and design. Numerous technologies have been used to work around this issue – the most significant being cascading style sheet (CSS).

The long-term solution is (or hopefully will be) HTML5, which is the next generation of HTML and allows for more control and interactivity. As with any development on the Web, the move to standards is a slow and arduous process, and Web developers and designers must make due with current and supported technologies, which means that basic HTML will continue to be used for some time.

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