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"HTML tags identify the type of content on the page." What is meant by this exactly?

I am really confused by the use of identify in this sentence, especially.

1 Answer

Alex Koumparos
Alex Koumparos
Python Development Techdegree Student 36,862 Points

Hi Cameron,

HTML is a semantic markup language. This means that every tag describes (or identifies) the type of content. Put another way, HTML describes what the content is, not what it looks like (this being the job of CSS). For example, <h1> tells us that the content in the element is a heading (and the highest level of heading). Similarly, <p>, communicates that the element holds paragraph-level text and <a> contains a link to other content. Applications can adjust their behaviour depending on the type of content. For example, a web scraper can extract all the links from a page by looking for <a> tags.

Hope that clears things up.