How to Write Code for Ease of Interpretation
When you write code, using the correct syntax is important for purposes of compiling — your end goal. However, the layout of your code is also extraordinarily important, so that you and others can understand and interpret what the code does.
Using white space is vital to creating good code. Because HTML does not recognize carriage returns (a term held over from the typewriter era), tabs, and extra spaces, these formatting tools can be utilized to create organization and ease of interpretation within your code documents.
Some rules to follow when coding in HTML, CSS, or any programming language:
- Add carriage returns between blocks of code to delineate distinct segments.
- Use tabs as you would in an outline, to keep track of what code is nested within other code.
- Use comments (<!–HTML–> and /*CSS*/) to describe what each segment of code does.
- Reorganize when your code becomes too messy for interpretation.
Using white space, carriage returns, tabs, and spacing also makes it much easier to debug your code, something even the best programmers need to do constantly.
And remember, always close a tag as soon as you open one so that you don’t forget to do it later.