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Summary

This chapter covered a bit of the background that you need to understand before jumping into Web publishing. It started with a brief history of the Internet, and then it discussed the World Wide Web, including its protocols, its languages, and its addressing scheme, the URL. HTML and XHTML were defined and discussed, and you learned that XHTML is the future of Web development and will be the specification taught in this book. XHTML comes in both strict and transitional varieties, with the transitional version allowing older elements and compatibility with older browsers. Throughout this book, the emphasis will be on strict XHTML, but transitional elements and markup will be discussed, too.

The chapter concluded with a discussion of the different levels of complexity involved in Web publishing, from the relatively simple—creating and organizing Web pages—to the somewhat more complex—styling the pages and adding scripts and other dynamic elements.


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