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HTML, which stands for Hypertext Markup Language, is a set of tags that printing or computer display software uses to interpret formatting instructions. Thus, when a user wants to put a word in boldface, using HTML, a tag is inserted before and after the word that software can read to display the word in bold type. Most editing computer systems give writers the choice of composing their documents by seeing the HTML code that is inserted or seeing only the text that will be displayed, with the HTML code in the background. Most computer display systems give users the choice, "View Source" if they want to see the HTML code behind the text displayed. HTML was adopted as a standard text markup language in the 1980s on computerized systems, replacing customized tagging systems that printers were using then.
HTML code, with paragraph and bold tags:
<p><b>Don't</b> touch that!</p>
The interpretation of the line above:
Don't touch that!