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Chapter 26. Creating Professional Web Si... > Working with Cascading Style Sheets

Working with Cascading Style Sheets

Cascading style sheets (CSS) are used to format Web pages much in the same way traditional style sheets are used to format standard Word documents. The role of cascading style sheets is to present Web page formatting information in a specific place—either at the beginning of an HTML document or in a separate document—in a format that browsers can easily interpret and apply to the associated Web page or pages. Using cascading style sheets provides a convenient way to format several Web pages or a whole Web site. When cascading style sheets are in use, you can change the format of Web pages by making changes to the style sheet information instead of editing individual Web pages.

Because Word automatically creates your source code, you don’t actually see that Word creates cascading style sheets. By default, Word uses cascading style sheets if your target browser option is set to Internet Explorer 4 or Netscape Navigator 4. (For more information about configuring your target browser, see “Specifying Target Browser Options” on page 706.) When Word creates a cascading style sheet, Word embeds the style sheet at the top of each Web page.


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