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3.  How do I get a link to appear in a particular frame? How do I change a frame once it exists?

Frames (see Figure 2) are useless without targets. A target describes where a link should appear—either in the same frame that holds the link (default), in some other named frame (TARGET="frame-name"), in the entire window (TARGET=_top), in the parent frameset of a nested set (TARGET=_parent), or in an entirely new window (TARGET=_blank). The pure-HTML way to change more than one frame using just one link is to point to a special frameset that specifies two or more new source files. No JavaScript required.

4.  What does it mean when a tag is deprecated? Can I still use deprecated tags?

Deprecated means that the World Wide Web Consortium wants to eliminate the tag from the official HTML specifications but realizes that most people still rely on the tag. Instead of immediately making the tag obsolete, the W3C labels the tag "deprecated" as an intermediate step. In other words, the W3C discourages the use of deprecated tags, but such tags remain a part of the official HTML standard. Theoretically, at some point in the future, the tags will become obsolete and will no longer be an official part of HTML.

Frankly, I don't think that day will come any time soon. It is my humble opinion that style-related HTML tags will continue to be supported by all browsers for many years to come. There are just too many Web pages out there that already use these tags for any browser manufacturer to thumb its nose at them—no matter what the W3C might want in a perfect world.

Why does the W3C care about such things? They want HTML to be efficient, and they'd like to separate form from content. Using style sheets to format a Web site fulfills both objectives. The only problem is that style sheets are a lot more work than a simple <FONT> tag.

5.  Are your cats really as cute in person as they are in your book and on your Web site? And what is Catalan anyway?

One of the things I like best about getting email from satisfied readers is hearing about their cats. I'm amazed at how many people go to my site to see my cats, read my descriptions of them, and then write to me to share their stories about their own feline companions (which I love to read!).

I used to worry that dog people wouldn't like my book because of the marked preference (and silliness) I show in my examples, but I realized that that sort of misses the point. It's not the cats that are important (though they really are beautiful), it's just that they're real, and they make the examples work.

The same with Catalan, which really is its own language—as different from Spanish as French or Portuguese—spoken by some six million people, mostly in the Northeast of Spain (including Barcelona), but also in the Southeast of France, the Balearic Islands, and one little town on Sardinia in Italy (really!).

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