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HTML5 is a standard method of producing a web page. Being a standard means that many
browsers can display the web page, so long as they are written to that standard. The
standard defines what the tags do and how they are processed. The standard also presents
a set of rules that determine how conflicts are handled—for example, how two tags with
overlapping definitions work together—so that it’s easier for a browser to interpret what it
is you want to do.
This chapter will provide a good review of HTML and then talk primarily about
HTML5. For simplicity, I’ll often just say “HTML,” unless I’m specifically talking about
changes in HTML5. Much of what is said here also applies to HTML 4.01, but I strongly
recommend that you pay attention to the changes in HTML5 and use them even though it
may mean that you change what you have been doing in the past. Some elements of
HTML5 are easier to use, but I agree that is not universally true. Significant thought and
effort by many people went into creating HTML5, and every new browser is reasonably
compliant with it. Learn about the changes in HTML5, including the new rules, tags, and
other modifications, and ignore the older tags that have been replaced with CSS or
otherwise deprecated. This book assumes that is what you want to do, and the examples

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