What is HTML Used For?
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is a markup language used to define the structure of a web page. This includes the headers, paragraphs, tables, lists, and other elements that make up web content. An HTML file consists of a tree structure that contains many elements to create an individual web page and hyperlinks to other pages to form a larger website.
HTML knowledge is useful for:
- Defining the structure of the content on a web page
- Creating links between different pages to form an overall website
- Modifying the structure of emails and other web documents
Learning HTML requires:
- Basic knowledge of common elements, tags, and attributes
- Understanding of tree structure and enclosing elements with tags
- An ability to organize web content into a logical structure
Related Reading: CSS vs. HTML: What’s the Difference?
How Long Does it Take to Learn HTML?
HTML is generally considered very easy to learn and even those without any technical background can pick it up quickly. While there are over 100 different HTML tags, you don’t need to memorize them all to become a successful front-end web developer. Knowing the most common tags is all it takes to create a basic web page. That means you can likely start creating web pages within just a few hours of study and quickly move on to incorporating CSS into your web projects.
- Creating the functionality for forms, buttons, search bars, and other interactive features
- Building web applications using a front-end framework like ReactJS or AngularJS
- Developing a back-end application to power advanced features for a web application
- Enabling cross-platform mobile app development with frameworks like React Native
- Ability to code in an IDE like Visual Studio or Atom
- Working with Web APIs (like the DOM API)
- Problem-solving ability
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Treehouse offers a set of courses to help you quickly learn HTML from scratch, beginning with an introduction to HTML and CSS before progressing to forms, audio and video, and other key concepts. You can start here before moving on to Treehouse tracks for dozens of other tech-related topics.