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Chapter 10. Formatting Text > Inline Type Styles

10.3. Inline Type Styles

Most HTML text tags indicate style or structural information for inline elements (strings of characters within the flow of text). Inline style tags affect the appearance of the enclosed text without adding line breaks or extra space. Closing tags are required for inline style tags in order to "turn off" the style attribute.

HTML inline styles fall into two conceptual categories: logical (or "content-based") styles and physical styles. This distinction does not affect the way you use the tags in an HTML document. However, in the movement toward removing style information from content, revived by the introduction of style sheets, logical tags are more in keeping with the ideal HTML model.


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