FAQ: Learn HTML Elements - Intro to HTML - HTML Structure

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A post was split to a new topic: Should we include the html tag?

The first instruction says to “Add the paragraph below as a child of the body element.” I did this, above the

element, not within the
element. It shows that this is incorrect and that I should have done it under the
element … but then that would make my

a grandchild, not a child, of the element. In the HTML structure explanation, I thought when it was mentioned “In this example, the element is the parent of the

element. Both the


elements are children of the

element” that it was optional. Does this mean that this is always the case, or just in the example they gave?

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A post was split to a new topic: Can I have more than one div?

What does <div> mean?

Marking up a document involves wrapping text with tags. The above is a DIVision tag for sectioning the page. In the pre-HTML5 days, we used <div></div> with special id attributes to section a page into HEADER, CONTENT, FOOTER, but we now have special elements for that purpose.

<div id="header">

<div id="content">

<div id="footer">


Sectioning helps us to organize our document by grouping related elements in a container for easy identification. Markinp up a document is akin to writing an outline of the content.

Ok, so while I was easilly able to follow the instructions, but as an experiment, I put the following code for use:
Hewwo World
Now, the problem here is that since the <> brackets (would be very grateful if someone tells me what they’re called in programming languages) are not yet closed, then the browser shouldn’t be able to identify it as a proper tag and shouldn’t the whole code be displayed by the browser? But here, literally nothing is being shown, I tried the same with notepad and chrome too…same results :confused: . Any help would be appreciated :}
Note: I know I am not so smart so if i am missing something very obvious please forgive me ;-;

Left and right carat. As entities they are known by, &lt; and &gt; as in less than and greater than.

Collectively, left carat + element type + right carat make up a tag.

 <body>    </body>

which together form an element.

Browsers are actually quite forgiving and try their best to render the document. They might recognize the incomplete tags and autocomplete. Not the sort of HTML we want facing the web, though. It should always be validated and well formed.

Oh! Thank you so much! All of that knowledge was quite helpful :slight_smile:

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