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Basics of Web Design
HTML5 & CSS   Sixth Edition

Chapter 2 – HTML Basics

In this chapter you will continue your study of HTML and configure the structure and formatting of text on a web page using HTML elements, including the new HTMl5 header, nav, and footer elements. You’re also ready to explore hyperlinks, which make the World Wide Web into a web of interconnected information. As you read this chapter, be sure to work through the examples. Coding a web page is a skill, and every skill improves with practice. Resource websites and chapter links are listed below.

Popular Browsers

Which browser is currently most popular? A recent survey by StatCounter shows Google Chrome as the most popular browser with over 65% market share. Other popular browsers include Safari, Firefox, and Samsung Internet. The log file and/or log reports provided by your web host will inform you about your visitors' browser preferences.

HTML Validation and Conformance Checkers

Browser Downloads

  • Firefox
  • Free "Web Developer" Extension for Firefox
    This tool will save you hours of work—validate your HTML and CSS with just a few mouse clicks—view image information—and more!
  • Chrome
  • Opera

HTML5 Resources

Special Characters

When you need to display special characters, such as a copyright symbol or even an apostrophe on a web page, use an HTML5 special character. Visit and HTML5 Special Character Reference for lists of special characters.

HTML Editing Resources

Writing Text for Hyperlinks

Visit the following resources for tips about how to write the phrases that you configure as hyperlinks —it can make the difference between a user clicking the link or ignoring it.

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Basics of Web Design 6th Edition

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