HTML Facts for Kids

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Updated 1 January 2020

So, What Exactly Is HTML?

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), is a computer programming language invented by physicist Tim Berners-Lee in 1990 that is used to create and display pages on the web. Special computer programs called internet browsers (hint: you're using one now) are programmed to read and interpret HTML files, which tell the browsers what information to display.

HTML is made up of HTML tags, which are words or abbreviations written between a greater-than sign (<) and a less-than sign (>), to let browsers know what type of information to expect and how to display it on the screen. For example, to write a heading like the one above this paragraph, the HTML tag is: <h3>So, What Exactly Is HTML?</h3>.

Some Common HTML Tags

Here is a list of some common HTML tags and what they mean:

Try Writing Your Own HTML

Now, for the fun part. In the input box below, you can try writing your own HTML code. Let's start off by writing a heading. Try typing <h1>I'm writing HTML!</h1> and see what happens.

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