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Chapter 1. HTML, XHTML, and the World Wi... > HTML and XHTML: What They Aren't

1.5. HTML and XHTML: What They Aren't

With all their multimedia-enabling, new page layout features, and the hot technologies that give life to HTML/XHTML documents over the Internet, it is also important to understand the languages' limitations. They are not word-processing tools, desktop publishing solutions, or even programming languages. That's because their fundamental purpose is to define the structure and appearance of documents and document families so that they may be delivered quickly and easily to a user over a network for rendering on a variety of display devices. Jack of all trades, but master of none, so to speak.

1.5.1. Content Versus Appearance

Before you can fully appreciate the power of the language and begin creating effective documents, you must yield to one fundamental rule. These markup languages are designed to structure documents and make their content more accessible, not to format documents for display purposes.


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