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The Essential Guide to CSS and HTML Web Design by Craig Grannell

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Chapter 3. Working with Type

In this chapter:

  • Working with semantic markup

  • Defining font colors, families, and other styles

  • Understanding web-safe fonts

  • Creating drop caps and pull quotes

  • Rapidly editing styled text

  • Working to a grid

  • Creating and styling lists

An introduction to typography

Words are important—not just what they say, but how they look. To quote Ellen Lupton, from her book Thinking with Type, "Typography is what language looks like." Language has always been symbolic, although the origins of such symbols (of certain letterforms relating to, for example, animals) has largely been lost in written English; instead, we now have rather more abstract symbols designed for repetition on the page or screen.

However, from the early calligraphy that ...

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