HTML Document File – a Guide to Webpage Language

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HTML is an acronym for Hypertext Markup Language. HTML document file types are text-only files that contain highly interactive content and are designed specifically for digital viewing. This means they’re optimal as an on-screen viewing file rather than a printed format.

To open an HTML text file, use the web browser of your choice. Converting work directly into HTML format is possible through things like Microsoft Word, which has capabilities to save in HTML for use in a browser.

A laptop with HTML code on it.
HTML document files open with web browsers.

Ways HTML Is Beneficial

HTML is helpful to users in many unique ways. One lesser-known way is it’s designed to display on a webpage. For example, if a user is viewing a HTML webpage on a slow connection, pieces of the webpage will appear bit by bit, allowing the user to take in parts of the page rather than wait for the entire thing to load.

HTML is opened by every web browser on the market but what makes it really stand out is it’s very mobile-accessible. As the mobile usage continues its steady uptick, HTML will continue to get more usage as it works great for mobile browsing.

A woman using her laptop, working on coding.
HTML files are accessible on mobile devices.

Should Your Company Utilize It?

The smaller size of HTML is a huge benefit for companies that don’t have unlimited space or that need to download and upload files quickly. This small size is the result of a lack of multimedia. Even though HTML is text-only, the images of the page are assigned in each file.

If the goals of your company are to craft webpages designed for mass consumption, HTML should be the document file type of choice. It is capable of syncing with browsers, including mobile browsers, for strong on-screen appearance. The smaller size makes it easy to share among team members, creating efficiency.

HTML code on a computer screen.
Most companies are moving toward using HTML.

When to Use Different Document Types

The visual appearance of a webpage constructed with HTML is restricted by outside factors such as the technology of the hardware accessing the webpage or the browser. If the layout of a webpage is vital in terms of consistency, message or company product, HTML might not be the best bet as variables could make the webpage look different to various users.

If you’re a user with limited technological knowledge, HTML will take a lot more effort and time to use in construction of webpages. Consider alternatives if time is a factor in building a webpage or completing a project.

HTML is a complex document file intended for building webpages but that doesn’t mean it should qualify automatically as the sole choice of a user. Balancing the benefits and learning the negatives creates clarity in the decision.

Casey Schmidt – Content Manager and Industry Expert | Canto

Casey Schmidt is a content manager at Canto who enjoys taking complex subjects and making them easy to understand for readers.