What is HTML?

Web Development Jargons Explained in 5 Different Ways

TLDR: HTML is like a newspaper layout but for websites. A layout is a grid system for us to place content. Instead of using pen and paper to draw the grid, we follow HTML's standards to define the grid.


Explain like I only speak in plain English

HTML is like a newspaper layout but for websites. A layout is a grid system for us to place content. Instead of using pen and paper to draw the grid, we follow HTML's standards to define the grid.

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Cool, so HTML is just a layout, what's CSS? CSS is adding stylings to the layout, making your website look pretty. If you want to make the text larger? That's a CSS problem. If you want the icon to be red? That's a CSS problem.

Together, HTML & CSS define your website's look and feel.

Do HTML & CSS look foreign to beginners? Sometimes. Are they hard? Not really.

Explain like I'm a total nerd

HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language, a standard markup language for creating web pages and web applications. HTML is a markup language that web browsers use to interpret and compose text, images, and other material into visual or audible web pages. In 1995, IETF created an HTML Working Group, which completed "HTML 2.0", the first HTML specification intended to be treated as a standard against which future implementations should be based.

HTML, alongside CSS and JavaScript, are a cornerstone technology of the internet.

Explain like I'm an artist

HTML is the initial pencil outline of a painting. If it was a portrait, it would be the initial sketch defining the posture of the person. Essentially telling us what the person is doing, i.e. standing, sitting, walking, etc. A stick figure would be a nice analogy for HTML. HTML is the foundational structure.

Explain like I like videos

Explain like I already know it

Bootstrap is one of the most popular frameworks for HTML and CSS. It acts like a wrapper. If you are into React, then you can also start create components with the React lifestyle. Super cool.

Sometimes, I just do inline styling instead of the best practices. Everyone says they know HTML & CSS, but do they really know it? Like can they create a beautiful website from scratch?

The new HTML 5 standard is pretty cool. There's a new Payment Request API. SCSS and SASS also makes CSS much better to work with.

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