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Part II: Authoring > Formatting Text

Chapter 10. Formatting Text

Designers accustomed to desktop publishing programs are usually shocked to find how little control HTML offers over the display of the page. Before you get too frustrated, bear in mind that HTML was not developed as a method for designing how the page looks, but rather as a means of marking the structure of a document.

In fact, the tags that do provide specific display information (<center>, for example) are not true to the original HTML concept. In an ideal world, all style and presentation would go in style sheets, leaving HTML markup to work as originally designed. The W3C has made these intentions clear by deprecating in the HTML 4.01 specification nearly all tags that control presentation in favor of Cascading Style Sheet controls (see Chapter 17).


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