Chapter 16. Home on the Web

"What else is there?" a friend asked when I said the World Wide Web was the part of the Internet that I used least. I explained that I use e-mail, FTP, Usenet newsgroups, and telnet or SSH far more than I use the Web. Despite the fact that I use it the least, the WWW, and its standard file format, HTML, are indispensable.

The gazillions of badly constructed pages on the Web do not negate the fact that HTML is the best format for viewing text (and illustrations) across different platforms and different hard-ware configurations. A well-constructed page will be as legible on a 640×480 monochrome display as on a 1600×1200 24-bit color screen, and everything in between.

A browser is the only tool you need to view HTML files, ...

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