HTML Formatting

Please note that in HTML 4.0 almost all of the tags and attributes covered in this lesson have been deprecated, meaning that, although browsers should continue to support them, developers should stop using them in favor of CSS.

We strongly recommend that you avoid using the concepts shown in this lesson in favor of CSS. We include it here only to show how HTML used to be written as you are likely to come across many of these formatting techniques in legacy pages.

However, there are several reasons to understand how to apply formatting the traditional way (i.e, with HTML tags and attributes).

  1. There are many many legacy pages that need to be maintained that use HTML for formatting purposes.
  2. Many HTML conversion tools and WYSIWIG HTML editors make use of HTML's formatting tags and attributes.
  3. Older browsers do not support or poorly support Cascading Style Sheets.

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