What Does HTML Stand for? Hyper-Text Markup Language.

HTML Code:
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
This informs your web browser that you are running an HTML document, and specifies which version of HTML the document is using (in this case XHTML 1.0 Strict / English).

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<html></html>
These tags open and close HTML documents.

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<head></head>
These tags open the header section of your document, which usually includes <title> tags and <meta> information.

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<title>Untitled Document</title>
This specifies the title of the document, which is displayed on the upper-left hand corner of your screen. The <title> tag is generally located in the <head> of your document.

HTML Code:
<meta name="keywords" content="untitled, document" />
<meta name="description" content="This document is untitled." />
These are <meta> tags, which improve your on-page SEO, helping you to have a higher SERP.

HTML Code:
<link rel="stylesheet" href="includes/style.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />
This specifies the location of your Cascading Style Sheet. A Cascading Style Sheet allows you to change the output of <html> tags (i.e. alter text-face, amount of space between paragraphs etc).

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<body></body>
This specifies that you are entering the body of your document, where your content will be held.

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<p>This is a paragraph full of text.</p>
These are paragraph tags.

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<br />
This will bring your text down to the next line
like this.

HTML Code:
<hr />
The Horizontal Rule is an underused tag, which acts as a line straight across the page -- allowing you to separate different sections of your document.

HTML Code:
<h1>Heading 1</h1>
<h2>Heading 2</h2>
<h3>Heading 3</h3>
etc.
The <h> tags will output different size headings. These are perfect to stuff your keyword in, as another form of on-page SEO.

HTML Code:
<a href="http://www.netbuilders.org">Net Builders</a>
The Anchor tag allows you to insert hyperlinks into your document. Between the double-quotes, you should place the URL that you wish to link to. The Anchor text can be placed after the first ">" sign.

HTML Code:
<img src="image.jpg" />
The Image tag allows you to place images into your document. Between the double-quotes, specify the location of your image.

HTML Code:
<b></b>
This tag allows you to bold your text.

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<i></i>
This tag allows you to italicize your text.

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<u></u>
This tag allows you to underline your text.

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<ul></ul>
This tag specifies that you are going to start an Unordered List.

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<ol></ol>
This tag specifies that you are going to start an Ordered List.

HTML Code:
<li>Listed item.</li>
Listed items can be placed inside the <ul>/<ol> tags. An example of an Unordered List below.

HTML Code:
<ul>
<li>Listed item.</li>
</ul>
This will output:

  • Listed item

HTML Code:
<table border="1"></table>
This tag specifies that you are going to insert a Table into your document. Alter the value in double-quotes to decrease/increase the thickness of the table's border.

HTML Code:
<tr></tr>
This tag specifies that you are going to create a new Table Row, this tag should be placed within the <table> tag.

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<td></td>
This tag specifies that you are going to insert a Table Data Cell, this tag should be placed within the <tr> tag. An example of a table is below.

HTML Code:
<table border="1">
<tr>
<td>Row one, Cell one</td>
<td>Row one, Cell two</td>
<td>Row one, Cell three</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Row two, Cell one</td>
<td>Row two, Cell two</td>
<td>Row two, Cell three</td>
</tr>
</table>
Unfortunately, BBCode does not allow you to insert tables, so you will need to save this example as a .html document in order to view it in your browser.

That's about all that you should need to know in order to create a basic HTML document.