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Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) for Web Development

HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the preferred language for web pages. Despite its apparent complexity, it is very easy to learn, and any serious webmaster should be HTML- literate. WYSIWYG editors cobble together cumbersome HTML that fails to take advantage of some very useful HTML tags. Furthermore, advanced web tricks like Javascript, ASP, DHTML, XML, and XSLT all produce output which browsers interpret as HTML, so the HTML basics are essential to these more advanced webmastering techniques.

Technically, HTML (HyperText Mark-up Language) is a Standard Generalized Mark-up Language (SGML) application. Web sites are composed using HTML, which consists of ASCII text and various HTML tags which the browser interprets to format the page. As a Mark-up language, HTML lacks many of the attributes of "real" computer languages -- it's function is pretty much just to format output on a page.

Learning HTML is probably easier if you have a good book on the subject , but ther are plenty of tutorials and references online

The World Wide Web Consortium(W3C) recommends standards for HTML to ensure uniformity of the language regardless of platform or environment, thus promoting the widest possible readership for WWW sites.

Mastering HTML 4.0 Book and CD

The HTML 4.0 Recommendation was just released, but this is a thorough and detailed treatment of the revised specification. Intermediate and advanced HTML programmers will find Mastering HTML 4.0 a valuable addition to their programming bookshelves.

Deborah S. Ray, Eric J. Ray Mastering HTML 4.0 Berkeley, CA: Sybex , 1998.
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