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Hour 11. Customizing Movable Type Templates > About Markup and CSS for the Web

About Markup and CSS for the Web

Before making any radical changes to the code within your templates, you should have a good general understanding of the technologies you'll be working with. Many of you are already ace markup and CSS authors, but others have limited exposure to Web technologies. The next two sections provide a very general introduction—obviously, entire books are written about these individual technologies themselves. We'll give you enough information to be familiar with the code used in Movable Type so that you can modify it adequately and accurately.

HTML and XHTML

Any Movable Type template concerned with the direct expression of content to a browser uses XHTML (Extensible Hypertext Markup Language). Those of you with some exposure to Web languages may well be acquainted with HTML, but not XHTML. XHTML uses a series of tags and attributes to help describe the content. These tags and attributes include conventions such as enclosing paragraphs in a set of tags, opening paragraphs with a <p>, and closing with a </p>.


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