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Chapter 2. A Crash-Course in Web Design > HTML Trends and Issues

HTML Trends and Issues

I’ve mentioned that one of the reasons for creating XHTML was to enable compliant Web sites to better support a disparate audience of Web browsing applications and devices. That’s one of the trends that XHTML development has been moving toward. Combined with broader support for style sheets in Web browsers, the newer standards make it easy for Web sites to communicate with many different types of devices, and look good on them, too. That includes assistive browsers, handheld computers, and even browsers designed to speak content aloud and accept voice commands from the user.

Beyond simply adhering to these standards, you’ll find that making your Web pages broadly available will require you to take advantage of all the tools at your disposal. In a sense, creating accessible and widely useful Web sites is a mindset, because it means taking advantage of some additional attributes and doing a little extra work to support browsers other than Internet Explorer and Netscape. Let’s take a quick look at some of these issues.


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