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How the Languages of HTML and CSS Work

The two languages of HTML and CSS are different but go hand in hand. They are two of the most important coding languages. HTML and CSS are very important to each other to make a website work correctly. A website will look very simple and not have a good design if it does not have CSS with the HTML. The language of CSS is very important to learn after a web designer learns HTML. This blog post will discuss how HTML and CSS work together.


HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language, which means it is a language that uses tags. To use a tag, it needs to have a start tag and an end tag. These tags are created inside of brackets. For example, a tag will start with a letter in brackets. Then it will end with a letter in brackets with a forward slash after the left angle bracket. An example of an HTML tag will look like the following: content. All of the content on a website is always wrapped in these types of tags. This language is known as the elements that create the building blocks for a webpage. These building blocks are elements such as headings, paragraphs, images and much more.


The other language of CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets, which describes how HTML elements are displayed. This language is what changes elements such as colors and fonts. It creates the style of the content that is added to the HTML. CSS is showing what needs to be done to the HTML code. A CSS rule consists of a selector and a declaration block. The selector points to the HTML element to style. The declaration block is inside curly braces. It usually contains one or more declarations separated by semicolons. These include a property name and value, separated by a semicolon. For example, a property name is a color or font-size. Whereas, value is the actual color name or the actual font-size. An example of a CSS tag will look like the following:selector {property:value; property:value;}. If each one is not separated by a semicolon, then it can result in the site not working properly.

There is a lot to learn about the languages of HTML and CSS. These languages can be fun to learn but confusing if you are just starting to learn about them. Call a Nerd at #TechStarters, to learn more about the two languages.