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Chapter 1. CSS and Documents > The Web's Fall from Grace

1.1. The Web's Fall from Grace

Back in the dimly remembered, early years of the Web (1990-1993), HTML was a fairly lean language. It was composed almost entirely of structural elements that were useful for describing things like paragraphs, hyperlinks, lists, and headings. It had nothing even remotely approaching tables, frames, or the complex markup we assume is a necessary part of creating web pages. The general idea was that HTML would be a structural markup language, used to describe the various parts of a document. Very little was said about how those parts should be displayed. The language wasn't concerned with appearance. It was just a clean little markup scheme.

Then came Mosaic.


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