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correct way use div tags

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I am using Dreamweaver and when applying CSS rules I see it doesnt use div tags.
For example applying css rules to some tags I can get

<span class="one">hello</span>
<img src="dd.jpg" class="two"/>

However I could also do the same with same effect
<div class="one">hello</div>

Should I only use div tags for containers?
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You need to learn the difference between inline-level and block-level elements:
http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/html40/inline.html
http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/html40/block.html

The div element is a block-level element while the span tag is an inline-level element.  That is the primary difference between the two.

You may ONLY place inline-level elements inside other inline elements.  

So you may place an image inside either a span or a div tag, because the image tag is an inline element.

You may never place block level elements, like a <p> tag, inside a <span> tag.

By the way, don't forget to add an alt attribute to your image tag.  It is required.
<img src="dd.jpg" class="two" alt=""/>

Don't forget to test your code here:
http://validator.w3.org/
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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It wl depend on what you are trying to do.  @hanknight summed it up except you can place your spans inside divs p's (block level).  Use spans to style code differently than you style your div.
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