What is HTML? An introduction...

30 October 2015

Don't let the jargon get you down, we're here to cut right through it. We start with a basic overview of HTML - what it is and what it does.

Developed by scientist Tim Berners-Lee in 1990, HTML is the ‘hidden’ code that helps us communicate across the World Wide Web. HTML actually stands for "HyperText Markup Language", and as scary as that may sound, it simply means that it is a language that authors web pages using ordinary text.

Despite what many people believe, HTML is not a complex programming language. It is a standardised system for tagging text files to achieve font, colour, graphics, and hyperlink effects on web pages. It basically tells a web browser how to display words and images on a web page and provides the overall structure and framework for any web page.