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Chapter 5. Formatting Your Text > Styling Your Text

Styling Your Text

When you’re ready to move beyond simple paragraphs of plain text, your next step is to begin styling that text. All it takes is a little more markup, in the form of tags that you place on either side of the text you’re typing onto the page. Beyond that, you need to put a little bit of thought into which type of style elements you’re going to use— physical styles or logical styles.

Physical styles are those that specifically tell the browser how the text should be emphasized or changed. Boldface, for example, is a physical style. Logical styles, on the other hand, simply suggest to the browser that the marked-up text should be emphasized in some way. The elements <em> (for “emphasize”) and <strong> (for “stronger emphasis”) are logical elements.


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