This is one of several on-line tutorials offered by the Center for the Advancment of Teaching.

This particular tutorial, titled Introduction to HTML, is a very basic introduction to Hypertext Markup Language. If you're interested in publishing on the Web, you really need to know what HTML is and how it works.

It should be noted that HTML5 is an official standard as of October 2014, so everything here is somewhat outmoded, though basic principles may remain relevant. This tutorial is geared toward the latest version of HTML at the time of its creation, which was HTML 4.01. It appeared for a while that this would be the final version of HTML, with all further development occuring in XHTML. (You may wish to examine our Introduction to XHTML, which assumes a basic working knowledge of HTML. If you are new to HTML, you will still want to work through this tutorial first.) HTML5 is intended to subsume both HTML 4 and XHTML; for a tutorial on HTML5, search the web or check out w3schools.

Learn HTML Right Now!

The pages are organized into the following sections:

  1. About HTML: START HERE if you're new to HTML.
  2. Implementing HTML: How to 'mark up' a document for the Web.
  3. Tag reference: alphabetical or categorical
  4. Templates for Web authoring

You can also use this interactive gizmo at your own risk. Use your left and right arrow keys to navigate.

Quick Reference & Self-Tutorial

The "Anatomy of a Web Page" is designed to be printed front-to-back and folded:

If you wish to work through the tutorial for this seminar, it's recommended that you print it first. It's about 20 pages. The tutorial is available in the following formats:

The following quick reference sheet will help you with the tutorial. It is two pages long. The quick reference sheet is available in the following formats:

Tutorial Materials

Here are links to the materials needed for the tutorial:

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