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HTML Element

When referring to HyperText Markup Language, the code is made up of sets of characters between angled brackets; often referred to as tags. The complete tag including the opening tag, enclosed tag content, and the closing tag is the HTML element as shown below.

HTML a tag as an element

In the above example, the a element, creates a hyperlink on a web page. An element may also tell the browser how to display text. For example, text wrapped in the bold element, denoted with <b> and </b> displays a bit darker and larger, whereas the italic element (<i> and </i>) makes text appear italicized.

Related pages

  • See our HTML help page for a list of HTML elements and their functions.

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