HTML Basics

This section contains the absolute most basic tutorials for writing and understanding HTML, the structural language of the web.

HTML was originally an informal specification for marking up scientific documents. Between 1990 and 1995, Tim Berners-Lee and the folks at CERN worked to improve the specification and make it the official language for the World Wide Web. Since HTML 2.0 in 1995, HTML has seen many new versions and features added, though the core of the language remains the same.

Tutorial Description
Before You Begin Some explanation and how to get the most out of Tesserae.
The Foundation of the Web: HTML What HTML is, what it looks like, and what it's both good and not good for.
Headings and Paragraphs A good place to start structuring pages is by defining their headings and paragraphs.
Links A major function of the web is the ability to link to other pages and resources.
Lists HTML features two kinds of lists, numbered and unnumbered.
Images One way of adding beauty and functionality to your page is through images.
Page Structure (Parents and Children) HTML is all a big nest of elements inside other elements. Understanding the relationship between them is key to writing clean, semantic pages.
Semantics Define what things are, not how they look.
Why Write Valid HTML? Even if it looks fine now, using outdated elements on your pages can cause a lot of headaches down the road.

More advanced tutorials on adding multimedia and writing better pages can be found in the Advanced HTML section.