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Chapter 10. Formatting Text > Text Layout Techniques with HTML

10.7. Text Layout Techniques with HTML

First, let it be stated that "layout techniques with HTML" is an oxymoron. HTML was specifically designed to pass off all layout functions to the end user's browsing tool. The controls over presentation listed here are the result of either extensions to the original HTML standard or a "creative use" (or misuse, depending who you ask) of an existing tag.

Several tags, such as <blockquote> or certain list tags, let you add text indents, while the <pre> tag gives you limited formatting control using "preformatted" text, and we'll look at these simple mechanisms here. HTML tables offer more precise control over positioning, which is covered in Chapter 13.


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