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Minimal required code in HTML5

I've encountered this question repeatedly of late.
"What are the tags required at bare minimum for a html file?"
Earlier there were a bunch of mandatory tags that were required for any html file. At bare minimum, the recommended structure was: (ref: http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/global.html)
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd"> <HTML>   <HEAD>     <TITLE>A small HTML</TITLE>   </HEAD>   <BODY>     <P>Small HTML file!</P>   </BODY> </HTML>
Yes, using capitals for the tags was the way to go! Those were the days of the purists and strict was the way to be. Now open your notepad and copy the above code, save the file as old.html and launch it in Chrome or Firefox. You will see only one line "Small HTML file!" shown. Now launch the developer tools in Chrome or Inspect Element in Firefox. This can be done by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+I in both…