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4. Text Basics > HTML’s Obsolete Expanded Font Handling

HTML’s Obsolete Expanded Font Handling

In earlier versions of this book, we rejoiced that HTML Version 3.2 had introduced a font-handling model for richer, more versatile text displays. When HTML 4 deprecated these special font-handling tags, we nonetheless included them in the same prominent position within this chapter, since they were still part of the HTML 3.2 standard and were still very popular with HTML authors, besides being well supported by all the popular browsers. We could not do the same for this edition of the book.

Like many deprecated HTML tags and attributes, the expanded font-handling tags of HTML 3.2 were here yesterday and are gone today. Netscape 6, the second most popular browser in use today, has dropped support for the some of the tags altogether. Since Internet Explorer, the world’s most popular browser, still displays them, we include the Extended Font Model tags at the end of this chapter, with all the implicit red flags waving hard.


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