With complex ideas you need a really simple presentation, so this chapter in particular required a lot of effort. I wanted the chapter to reflect some real-world browser weirdness (anonymous block boxes!) and to connect to the academic literature (attribute grammars!) but also emphasize core themes like the difference between the HTML and layout trees. After lots of redesigns and advice from readers of various drafts, I hope we did a good job.
One thing Chris and I realized, working on this chapter, is that to really understand some of these concepts it’s best to play with examples. So in this release we’ve included two interactive widgets. Please play with them; Chris and I will be working on making more widgets this next month, so we’re really hoping they’re useful.
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