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Inline Stylesheet

As opposed to a linked stylesheet, an inline stylesheet is included within an HTML document.

It is directly associated with a particular element, and the appearance of the document cannot easily be changed. The advantage is that the presentation of the document can be separated into the global style contained in the
tag , and HTML can be used more appropriately for the document’s structure. Using an inline stylesheet at the beginning of the document allows the style and rendering to be modified without changing the HTML. On the other hand, using a linked stylesheet can be more efficient for a set of pages, because a linked style can be defined through a single file. Changing the entire website with a linked stylesheet can be done just by modifying the linked stylesheet file.

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A link is a bit of highlighted text on a web page that connects to another web page or file. Clicking the link sends your browser in search of the address attached to the text. That address can refer to another place on the same page, another page within the same site, or just about anywhere on the internet. If you could peel back the text of the link to Webmonkey and view the HTML underneath, you’d see:

<a href="">Webmonkey</a>

If you clicked on the text of the link, you would be taken to that URL.

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The level of sophistication used to format lists in HTML is a vestige of HTML’s roots as a text-formatting language. You can’t position images or manipulate the leading of type yet, but you can make three types of lists:the unordered list (which is like an outline), the ordered list (which is like numbered instructions), and the definition list (which is like a series of dictionary entries).

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Meta Information

Meta information means “information about information.”

In HTML, meta tags describe the content of the document in which they’re written. Meta tags have two possible attributes:
<META HTTP-EQUIV="name" CONTENT="content">
<META NAME="name" CONTENT="content">
. Meta tags with an
attribute are analogous to
headers that can control the action of browsers. Meta tags with a
attribute are used primarily by indexing and searching tools. These tools can gather meta information in order to sort and classify web pages. One way to help your document show up more frequently in search engines and directories is to use the
attribute to set keywords that will pull up your site when someone does a search for those words.
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Write Symbols and Special Characters in HTML

When you type regular letters, numbers, and characters from your keyboard into the body of an HTML document, they show up on your Web pages just as you typed them. But things aren’t so easy in non-English speaking countries (and such places do exist – honest). Languages such as French, German, and Icelandic often use characters that are not found on your typical keyboard. Even in English, accents can distinguish a “résumé” from a “resume.”

So how do you make special characters and accented letters show up on your pages? You use a special set of codes called character entities, which you insert into your HTML code and which your browser will display as the corresponding symbols or characters you want.

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