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HTML uses abbreviations called tags to tell the web browser how you want each web page to be displayed .  All tags are contained between brackets .  Although HTML can be used to create complex pages, the basic structure of a HTML file is simple and it contains only text - the words used on the webpage and the tags .

However, in website building design, HTML is no longer used to control how text is presented on a page .  Instead, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) make it easy to control the look of your website .  By storing all the style, color and formatting data in a single file, rather than on every page, page sizes are reduced and it's easy to update later .

Designing your website with a standard look used to be difficult when using HTML tags .  Using tags like and to control the style for a piece of text on every page is hard to maintain if you have more than a few pages of content on your site .  With CSS you specify font properties, size, color, borders etc in one CSS file .  CSS files are just coded text, so you can edit them in a basic editor such as TextEdit on Mac and Notepad on the PC .

In practice, XHTML (Extensible HTML) is better for creating websites than HTML .  It is an extension and up to date version of the original HTML .  The best written websites are coded in XHTML and CSS which give all the data about how a page should look .  If this is all too much, the market for website builder software is very competitive and most web hosts offer website builder tools as part of their packages .  This will enable you to create a basic site without needing to understand or use any code .

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