Basic HTML Tags
Tag: Description:
<HTML></html> Tags used at the beginning and end of every document
<HEAD><TITLE>docname.html</title></head> Start and ends document information: title of page. Does not show in browser.
<BODY></body> Starts and ends body of document. Documents have ONE body tag; all background and link color info. goes in this one tag. 
<BODY bgcolor="#ffffff"> for a solid white background 
<BODY background="beige.gif"> uses an image file for a background. As with any image reference, the image must be in the same directory as the HTML file.
<LINK="#xxxxxx"> 
<ALINK="#xxxxxx"> 
<VLINK="#xxxxxx">
Link color can be changed by placing these tags within the <BODY> tag, along with any background information.
<H1>Title of Document</h1>  Enlarges text and places space around it. Varies in size from H1 to H6, with each getting progressively smaller. 
<A HREF="http://...">text</a> Links text to a particular web document. (external link)
<A HREF="#textname">text</a> Works with a target or name tag to link to text within the same web page.(internal link)
<A NAME="textname">text</a> Target or name tag used for internal link.
<IMG SRC="http://www.../pix.gif"> Places the selected image in document. No ending tag needed.
<A HREF="mailto:me@niu.edu"></a> Creates an email link 
<FONT SIZE=+1>text</font> 
<FONT COLOR="#ff00ff">text</font>
Enlarges text from +1 to +7 
Changes color of font between tags.
<HR> Horizontal rule: places a line across page. No need for an end tag. Images may also be inserted as horizontal rules.
<BR> Line break
<P>paragraph text</p> Paragraph break. Double spaces before next text.
<CENTER>text</center> Centers text horizontally
<B>bold</b> Makes text bold
<I>italic</i> Makes text italic
<UL><LI></ul> Unordered, bulleted list. The <LI> tag marks each bulleted item
<OL><LI></ol> Ordered lists where list items <LI> are numbered
<BLOCKQUOTE>text</BLOCKQUOTE> Indents text
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