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HTML How to Make a Website HTML First Use HTML Elements

Talha Takleh Omar Takleh
Talha Takleh Omar Takleh
3,082 Points

Stuck at Task 4

I don't understand why is it wrong, i thought i only needed to code <meta charset = "utf-8"> inside the <head></head>

Talha Takleh Omar Takleh
Talha Takleh Omar Takleh
3,082 Points

False alarm, i solved it by removing the spaces between charset = "utf-8". I don't know why its like that. Can someone enlighten me, is indentation really important in html?

2 Answers

jag
jag
18,266 Points

When you talk about indentation that means the space from the start of the line.

<div>
    <a>Indentation</a>
</div>

But it's not indentation when you have spaces between an attribute & value, that's called whitespace.

<meta charset="UTF-8">

<meta charset  =  "UTF-8">

You can have whitespace between an attribute & a value but that just adds unnecessary size to your html file. In my opinion it doesn't look professional. As for the validator that checks your work it doesn't want you to have space betwen the attribute & value.

Andy Stoica
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Andy Stoica
Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Graduate 29,957 Points

Hi Talha,

Speaking strictly of indentation in HTML, it is not a requirement but considered good practice and highly recommended because it makes the structure much clearer and produces more maintainable code. Some text editors offer indentation guides which can be very helpful in debugging situations when, for example, trying to debug a broken layout by searching for closing tags.