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THE WEB OF THE LATE 1990s was a wild and dangerous new frontier. Anything went, and often did. None of us were sure back then what the Web was supposed to be. As is so often the case with a brand new toy, “pushing the limits” became our mantra.

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Genesis

And push the limits we did. HTML began its life as a simple language for tagging research papers. Browser vendors and graphic designers took one look at its lack of layout capabilities and gave it a great big thumbs-down. Tricks and hacks like <FONT> tags and the misappropriation of the table element were developed to overcome these limitations—hacks ...

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