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4. Text Basics > Changing Text Appearance and Meaning

Changing Text Appearance and Meaning

A number of tags change the appearance of and associate hidden meaning with text. In general, these tags can be grouped into two flavors: content-based styles and physical styles.

In addition, the W3C standard for Cascading Style Sheets is now well supported by the popular browsers, providing another, more comprehensive way for authors to control the look and layout of their document text. We describe the tag-based text styles in this chapter. See Chapter 8 for details about CSS.

Content-Based Styles

Content-based style tags inform the browser that the enclosed text has a specific meaning, context, or usage. The browser then formats the text in a manner consistent with that meaning, context, or usage. Note the distinction here. Content-based style tags confer meaning, not formatting. Accordingly, they are important for automated processes; machines don’t care what the document looks like.


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