<FONT ...> is the addictive drug of HTML. When you start using
<FONT ...> you're likely to think it's the coolest HTML tag ever created. You can set the sizes, faces and colors of the fonts on your web page, all with understandable
<FONT ...> tags.
Then, when you've loaded your web pages with a billion
<FONT ...> tags, you find out the ugly side of
<FONT ...>. You have to use it over and over to give your page the appearance you want. It doesn't work in
tables unless you put
<FONT ...> in every cell. If you want to change the appearance of the fonts in your page you have to change every single
<FONT ...> tag.
<FONT ...> has taken over your code.
<FONT ...> Habit
<FONT ...> seems easy at first but in the long run your life will be much simpler if you use styles. Admittedly, styles require a little extra learning when you first start using them, but only a little. Once you get the hang of them you'll find styles much, much simpler to handle than mountains of
<FONT ...> tags. See Break the <FONT> Habit to get started.
For the sake of completion and historical accuracy we'll look at how
<FONT ...> works. Please don't take the inclusion of this information as an endorsement that you should actually use
As its name implies,
<FONT ...> sets the font properties of the text it contains. To have any effect,
<FONT ...> must be used with at least one of its attributes. For example, this text sets the font to a size 7:
<FONT SIZE=7>Hi There</FONT>
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