So What’s HTML?

HTML is a markup language. An HTML file is really just a special type of text file.  As we stated earlier, it can be edited in any standard text editor. By now, you probably remember that HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language, but what does that mean exactly?  Let’s break it down:

  • Hyper is the opposite of linear. Old-fashioned computer programs were pretty much linear which means that they went in order. But with a “hyper” language, like HTML, the code can all be ran at once, instead of going in order.
  • Text is just words, written in plain English.
  • Markup refers to the tags that are applied to the text to change its appearance. For instance, “marking up” your text with <b> before it and </b> after it make the text in bold.
  • Language is just that. HTML is a programming language that is interpreted by web browsers.