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The HTML skeleton

The HTML skeleton refers to the basic structure of an HTML page.

At its very basic, it might look something like this:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <title>My title here!</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">
    <p>My content here!</p>

<!DOCTYPE html> tells the browser reading it that it is an HTML file. While a site missing this part will still work, it can trigger some strange behavior in how the browser displays the site.

Then comes the opening <html lang="en"> tag. The "en" specifies that my webpage is in english.

The next area is the <head></head> section. Inside of here are two basic meta tags recommended for every site. <meta charset="UTF-8"> is important to display certain special characters, like ♥ in certain browsers. The other meta tag assists in displaying your website properly (sort of) on mobile.

The <title></title> tag is the text that shows up in the tab of a browser.

The <link></link> tag links to your external stylesheet, if you have one.

Last comes the final and most important section, the <body></body> tag. This is where the bulk of your site will go, more HTML tags. Everything is wrapped up with </html>.

This is only the very basis of a webpage and is meant to be built upon, like a foundation.