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Part II: HTML > Formatting Text

Chapter 7. Formatting Text

Designers accustomed to desktop publishing programs are usually shocked to find how little control HTML offers over the display of the page. Before you get too frustrated, bear in mind that HTML was not developed as a method for dictating presentation, but rather as a means of marking the structure of a document.

In fact, the tags that do provide specific display information (<center>, for example) are usually just bastardizations of the pure HTML concept. One day, we'll put all of our style and presentation information in style sheets and leave HTML markup to work as originally designed. But that's another story (one told in Chapter 23).


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