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4. Text Basics > Precise Spacing and Layout

Precise Spacing and Layout

CSS notwithstanding, the original concept of HTML is for specifying document content without indicating format; to delineate the structure and semantics of a document, not how that document is to be presented to the user. Normally, you should leave word wrapping, character and line spacing, and other presentation details up to the browser. That way, the document’s content — its rich information, not good looks — is what matters. When looks matter more, such as for commercial presentations, look to style sheets for layout control (see Chapter 8).

The <br> Tag

The <br> tag interrupts the normal line filling and word wrapping of paragraphs within an HTML or XHTML document. It has no ending tag with HTML;


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