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Chapter 3. Text Formatting > About Deprecated Tags

About Deprecated Tags

As you read through this chapter, you may notice that many of the tags have been deprecated. That means that the World Wide Web Consortium—the organizational body that publishes the standard HTML specifications—doesn't want you to use them. They'd prefer you use CSS to format your documents (see page 239). While deprecated tags are still currently "proper HTML" the W3C says it plans to drop those tags at some point in the future. Why, you might ask, would I devote an entire chapter to tags that are on their way out?

Why indeed. There are several reasons actually. First and foremost, HTML is much simpler than CSS. I firmly believe that the Web would still be a forgotten project on someone's desk if folks had had to learn style sheets in order to create a page. Frankly, style sheets are often overkill. To format a couple of words on a page, an HTML tag is a lot less work.


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