HTML5: How to define a description/value of a term in a description list?

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HTML Code:

<!DOCTYPE html><!-- HTML5 document type declaration -->
<html><!-- Start of HTML document -->
<head><!-- Start of head section -->
<meta charset="utf-8"><!-- Declares document character encoding -->
<title>How to define a description/value of a term in a description list</title><!-- Sets the title of the webpage -->
</head><!-- End of head section -->
<body><!-- Start of body section -->
<dl><!-- Start of description list -->
<dt>PHP</dt><!-- Definition term for PHP -->
<dd>A server side scripting language.</dd><!-- Description/value for PHP -->
<dt>JavaScript</dt><!-- Definition term for JavaScript -->
<dd>A client side scripting language.</dd><!-- Description/value for JavaScript -->
</dl><!-- End of description list -->
</body><!-- End of body section -->
</html><!-- End of HTML document -->


  • This HTML document starts with a doctype declaration indicating it's an HTML5 document.
  • Inside the <html> tags, the document structure begins.
  • The <head> section contains metadata about the document, such as character encoding and the title.
  • The <body> section is where the visible content of the webpage resides.
  • There's a <dl> (description list) element containing pairs of <dt> (definition term) and <dd> (description/value) elements.
  • Each <dt> represents a term, and each corresponding <dd> represents its description or value.
  • The HTML document ends with the closing </html> tag.

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