About The Author
Miko O'Sullivan is the founding father and original author of this guide to HTML. The goal was, and still is, to become "the most complete guide to HTML anywhere." In the fall of 2002, Miko released the guide to the public under the terms of the
Open Content License
, making it freely available and accessible for all to use and reproduce. Miko lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, with his wife, Starflower and their cat Melody.
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