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Our Audience

We wrote this book for anyone interested in learning and using the language of the Web, from the most casual user to the full-time design professional. We don’t expect you to have any experience in HTML or XHTML before picking up this book. In fact, we don’t even expect that you’ve ever browsed the Web, although we’d be very surprised if you haven’t. Being connected to the Internet is not strictly necessary to use this book, but if you’re not connected, this book becomes like a travel guide for the homebound.

The only things we ask you to have are a computer, a text editor that can create simple ASCII text files, and copies of the latest leading web browsers -- preferably Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer. Because HTML and XHTML documents are stored in a universally accepted format -- ASCII text -- and because the languages are completely independent of any specific computer, we won’t even make an assumption about the kind of computer you’re using. However, browsers do vary by platform and operating system, which means that your HTML or XHTML documents can look quite different depending on the computer and browser version. We explain how the various browsers use certain language features, paying particular attention to how they are diffe....


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