FAQ: Learn HTML Elements - Intro to HTML - Divs

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4 posts were split to a new topic: Why should we use divs if they don’t change anything visually?

hi my question is why do we add divs before and after h2 or h3 elements like this? Like how do you know when to add div to an element ?



div is an element, so the question isn’t entirely accurate.

There isn’t a fixed answer for your question, given it depends on the design and layout of your page. But if you want to different h2 elements + h3 elements + maybe some paragraphs of information in 3 columns, the divs you added is a first good step


<div> is a section element that allows us to break the document into smaller pieces along their semantic lines. For instance the first division above contains only navigation to the other sections. The other sections pertain to particular details.


thank you for the reply

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thank you for the explanation i get it now


do we have to do HTML before we start coding?

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No, not really, unless you wish to learn about user interfaces and how they are composed. HTML is the basis of the webpage. Understanding how content is marked up for transmission over a network to render in all manner of platforms is key to learning web and UX development.

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How can I add an empty line or simply separate Features and Habitat? Whats is the element that does this job?

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I’m being asked within the syntax error pop-up if I just did what the instructions asked me to do…(?)!!!

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We will need to see your code to be able to determine what small detail is being overlooked.

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What is the point of grouping elements using div??

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Could one imagine what it would be like if there was no such thing as a box or a bag?


Hello there. It’s my second time posting a question, and I hope this is the right way to do it “By replying to someones elses comment”. Correct me if I am wrong.
My question is from the “Divs” excercise. Divs are containers that divide a page into sections. Can we also use the br tag for the same function div performs?

The best way to ask a question is to start a new topic in the category related to the lesson.

<div></div> is a sectioning element, whereas <br> is a simple line-break. They are not equivalent.


100% brand new to coding. Quick question on this exercise. Is it standard to type a new code on a new line? Can you type several codes in one line? Why or why not keep them together or separate them ? thanks.

yes, to keep your code readable for yourself and others

can? Yes. Should? No

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hello there, i was wondering the effect of div tag only happens on the written code or it has effect when we execute our code ?