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Style Sheets in Theory

Early versions of HTML didn’t have much control over the look-and-feel of the page. In the early 1990s, most Web pages were fairly basic-looking. You had a text font (generally Times or similar), a monospaced font (usually one with a typewriter look to it), and many of the basic HTML elements you’ve seen in this book, such as headings, lists, images, and hyperlinks. Heck, it even took a while before HTML tables appeared in the specification.

As the Web became more popular as a commercial medium, the graphics designers started to get their hands in Web design, and the Web browser companies—particularly Netscape and Microsoft—began to oblige them with proprietary elements that did more to change the look of a page. These elements included <center>, <font>, and the once-popular and always-maligned <blink> element.


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