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Chapter 1. The Web and HTML > Dodging the Limitations of HTML

Dodging the Limitations of HTML

HTML is a simple, easy-to-learn markup language designed for hypertext documents on the Web. In fact, a computer-literate person can learn to write basic HTML in less than a day. This simplicity is one reason for the huge success of the Web.

From the beginnings of HTML, Web-page designers have tried to sidestep its stylistic limitations. Their intentions have been the best – to improve the presentation of documents – but often, the techniques have had unfortunate side effects. Typically, the techniques work for some of the people some of the time, but never for all the people all the time. They include the following:


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