Why would raw text need a structure?



Within the context of this exercise which defines HTML, why would raw text need a structure? Doesn’t it already have a grammatically defined structure?


While raw text might have a grammatically defined structure, this isn’t the type of structure we are referring to here. By carefully marking up the contents of a page, developers can create a hierarchy of information which serves several purposes:

  • it allows users scanning a site to quickly pick out the most important ideas.
  • it helps visually impaired users navigate the content of a page using special software.
  • it helps search engines pick out important keywords that might otherwise get lost in a sea of text.

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