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Re: center tag in XHTML

From: Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 00:40:06 -0700
Message-Id: <p05111b07bb9d901994b4@[]>
To: "Dallas Budden" <buddend@charter.net>, <site-comments@w3.org>

Dallas Budden wrote:

>XHTML doesn't show how to create a center. If you use the center tag 
>it will center the item, however, if you try to validate html with a 
>center tag, the center tag is an error. How do you write a center 
>element that will be validated?

Presentational elements and attributes were deprecated in HTML 4 and
thus in XHTML. The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) language is most often
used for presentation. For centering text elements like h1-h6 or p's or
div's I use the CSS rule 'text-align: center;". Tables used to be a
little harder because of browser implementations but I imagine newer
browsers do fine with the CSS margin properties.

If you search the www-style archive [1] I think you'll find discussion
on centering, for example for the search phrase "center table" [2].

If you have a newsgroups client,
comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheets has knowledgeable
participants or look for other groups [3] or in the Google groups
archive [4] for comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheets.

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/
[3] http://www.websitetips.com/css/#newsgroups
[4] http://www.google.com/advanced_group_search

Hope this helps,
Susan Lesch           http://www.w3.org/People/Lesch/
mailto:lesch@w3.org               tel:+1.858.483.4819
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)    http://www.w3.org/
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