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Attributes provide information about content: they are the informational underpinning of elements. Attributes are always placed inside an opening HTML tag, usually as follows:

<tag attribute=" "> … </tag>

Attributes may occassionally be single words (such as required for form elements or autoplay for audio and video.

It is a good idea to always place attribute values (which can be numbers, letters, words or file paths) inside double quotes, as shown above. Single quotes may also be used. The quotes may be dropped entirely if the value is a series of characters or numbers without any special characters. This is not an advised practice until you are very experienced.

In the previous example I specified the word SAIT as being an abbreviation, but the tag I used did not say what SAIT was an abbreviation for. The title attribute is used to specify this:

I am a student at <abbr title="Southern Alberta 
Institute of Technology">SAIT</abbr>

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