Let's begin our first html page. Open a text editor.

HTML consists of a series of containers called "tags" which give the browser directions for what to display and, in the case of links, where to find it. Almost all html tags have an open and close tag. The opening of an html tag includes the command within anglebrackets <command>, the closing tag is identical except there is a forward slash between the first angle bracket and the command </command>.

All HTML documents begin and end with html tags.

<html>
</html>

It is good form to open and close your tags at the same time, to make sure you don't forget later.

Now we will code the head of the page, which includes the title to appear at the top of your browser window. The head is entered beneath the html tag and the title is entered within the head tags.

<html>
<head>
<title>This is my first HTML page :: Libby Peterek</title>
</head>
</html>

The way you choose to format the tags in your html document is up to your discretion. Pressing return or enter will do nothing to the formatting you'll see in your browser. We will learn tags for line breaks later in the tutorial. We're off to a good start, there's just one more main tag we have to add to have a working html page, the body tag.

<html>
<head>
<title>This is my first HTML page :: Libby Peterek</title>
</head>
<body>
</body>
</html>

Any text you enter between the body tags will be viewable in your main browser window.