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4.8. Addresses
Addresses are common elements in text documents, so there is a special
tag that sets addresses apart from the rest of a document's text. While
this may seem a bit extravagantaddresses have few formatting peculiar-
ities that would require a special tagit is yet another example of content,
not format, being the primary focus of HTML and XHTML markup.
By defining text that constitutes an address, the author lets the browser
format that text in a different manner and process that text in ways help-
ful to users. It also makes the content readily accessible to automated
readers and extractors. For instance, an online directory might include
addresses the browser collects into a separate document or table, or
automated tools might extract addresses from a collection of documents
to build a separate database of addresses.
4.8.1. The <address> Tag
The <address> tag and its required end tag ( </address> ) tell a browser
that the enclosed text is a contact address, typically snail mail or email.
The address may include other contact information, too. The browser
may format the text in a different manner from the rest of the document
text or use the address in some special way. You also have control over
the display properties through the style and class attributes for the tag
(see Chapter 8 ) .
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