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Chapter 7. Formatting Text > Layout Techniques with HTML

7.6. 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. 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.

Ideally, presentation should be controlled using style sheets; however, they are not supported in enough browsers to be considered reliable. In the meantime, tables may offer more precise control over positioning than can be achieved using text-related HTML tags. (See Chapter 10 for more information on formatting with tables.)


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