An HTML body tag is a basic kind of marker for a portion of an HTML document. In the HTML, or hypertext markup language, a fundamental Web programming language, these markers are called tags. HTML structure includes specific “open and close” tag elements that help define the parts of a web page.
Like other HTML tags, an HTML body tag set has an opening tag and a closing tag. Both use a set of triangular parentheses, and the closing tag, like other HTML closing tags, uses a backslash. All of the code in between the HTML opening body tag and the HTML closing body tag relates to what is in the body of the HTML document.
One way to define the body of the HTML document is to show what is not included in it. One example of an HTML code module that exists outside of the body is the HTML head. The HTML head also has a similar opening and closing tag structure. The HTML head comes before the HTML body, and contains elements like the HTML title.
Nearly all of the other familiar HTML code structures for images, text, video, tables, and other items are all included in the body of the HTML document. The HTML body represents the entire web page as a code unit. This makes it easy to understand where to open and close the HTML body.
Programmers also have other ways of using the opening HTML body tag. This tag can be used in conjunction with commands on body background color, body text style, and much more. These elements are included in additional tags that programmers usually write adjacent to the opening HTML body tag.
As the programming community works to enhance the functionality and design of web sites, HTML is becoming less often used to build pages, although it still provides a fundamental framework. A lot of the design structures in HTML can now be done in other languages like cascading style sheets or CSS, where a “global” design tool renders many individual HTML tags and commands unnecessary. An organization called the W3C looks at providing consistency and universal standards for languages like CSS, in order to help the web programming community recognize consistent coding practices. Today’s web programmers still learn HTML, but they also learn how to apply other languages to it for a more diverse and complex web site code.