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Chapter 13. Cascading Style Sheets and J... > A Little Cascading Style Sheets Hist...

A Little Cascading Style Sheets History

Adopted as a standard in December 1996 by the W3C Consortium, CSS Level 1 took a major step forward by separating the content of a Web page (text, images, and so on) from the formatting of the page (layout and text enhancements, such as font information). This returned HTML back to being simply function oriented (as opposed to form oriented), but at the same time enabled users to have near-total control over how the page looked.

In May 1998, the CSS standards were changed and CSS2 was adopted, which gave the Web developer even more control over Web pages. This standard built on the existing CSS Level 1 and added functionality, such as the ability to precisely position elements and objects on a Web page and aural style sheets that allowed screen reading software to read the contents of a Web page (which is useful for visually impaired Web surfers).


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