The HTML element syntax


In making a webpage, it is important to learn all the entities and element syntax to be used such that the browser will display exactly how you want the webpage to appear. An element starts with a start/opening tag  (<), and ends with an end/closing tag (/>).  The content should be between the start and the end tag. As such, some may have empty content.

Basically, the following are the most commonly used elements :

Element Meaning
Start Tag End Tag
<p> </p> paragraph
<a href=”default.htm”> </a > link
<br> </br> Linebreak
<body> </body> Body of the HTML doc
<html> </html> Whole HTML doc
<h1> to <h6> </h1> to </h6> Heading
<img> </img> Images


HTML also uses attributes to provide additional information about an element. Those attributes are always  specified in the start tag and should be enclosed in quotes. However, note that  when the attribute value itself contains quotes,  it is necessary to use single quotes such as : ‘Matthew “WebMaster” Smith’.

HTML Attributes are:

Attribute  Meaning
href attribute Link address
class Classnames for an element
id Unique id for an element
style An inline CSS style for an element
title Extra information about an element

For a complete list of HTML Attributes  go to:

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