In the age of computing, being technologically proficient may soon be as important as being literate. For webmasters at any stage of database development, that day may have already arrived. Fortunately, learning some basic HTML or CSS modifications isn’t only easy to carry out; they’re also fairly easy to remember.

Being arguably the simplest and most common of all computer languages, HTML is the ideal starting point for any beginner. HTML is made up of tags that are denoted by less than and greater than signs. These tags are placed to indicate the start and the end of any of the elements of a page. For example, a simple table tag can be used to place a table for clean formatting.

Formatting your table (or any other tag) to look exactly how you want it is a matter of modifying its attributes. The types of attributes that can be bestowed upon a tag depend on the type of tag used, but usually follow simply and memorable naming schemes. For example, placing a border around your table would use the border attribute. The size or type of an attribute immediately follows the name of the attribute, and should be enclosed in quotations. For instance, table border=”1” would give us a table with a border with one unit of thickness.

With no more than these simple rules memorized, you should be ready to make simple modifications to virtually any document by determining what attributes are necessary to achieve the effects you’re looking for and what values that it needs to turn out exactly how you want it.