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Chapter 8. Adding and Formatting Text > Text Conventions Unique to HTML

Text Conventions Unique to HTML

The preceding section might have convinced you that entering text in FrontPage is no different than using virtually any word processor. This is no accident, and in fact it’s a unique strength of FrontPage. Nevertheless, the nature of HTML introduces a number of unique restrictions:

  • HTML considers tab characters the same as word spaces. Outside of creating a table, there’s no facility for setting “tab stops” to line up text in columns.

  • HTML treats all strings of white-space characters as a single space. White-space characters are spaces, tabs, linefeeds, carriage returns, and so forth. FrontPage counteracts this behavior by detecting any repeating spaces you enter and replacing all but the last with nonbreaking spaces (that is, spaces neither FrontPage nor the browser will suppress).

  • HTML provides no direct control over first-line indentation, paragraph indentation, line length, or line spacing. (You can, however, control these properties with cascading style sheets.)


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