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While there is no need to be a fully-fledged web developer in order to be an effective web marketer, a career built on working with websites will inevitably result in occasionally needing to know how they work. HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the foundation of the web and is the language that describes the structure of a web page. The HyperText refers to clickable links - the foundation of web marketing. The structure of markup allows for the application of styles - typically using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
This module will focus on learning to read and understand HTML rather than on being able to create websites from scratch. If you are interested in learning to develop your own sites, your DistilledU membership gives you access to a free month at Treehouse.
There are a variety of situations in which a working knowledge of HTML is important for marketers:
The markup in HTML relates to the fact that HTML provides additional information around the human-readable / human-viewable text and images that make up a web page. This additional information can group sections of text together, insert links to other pages, provide meta information about the page or section, add machine-readable information, or add semantic information about the meaning of particular sections of the page.
It is good practice to keep your markup focussed on semantic properties of the underlying information rather than on the way in which it should be displayed. The design and layout should be handled by the stylesheets. A good example of the difference is in denoting something a headline (which would be a H1 in HTML) versus denoting it as larger, bold, and a different color from the surrounding text (which should be handled with styles).