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II. Building a Better Web Page > 6. Cascading Style Sheets

Chapter 6. Cascading Style Sheets

When you compare the formatting options discussed in Chapter 3 with the text styling in a magazine or book, the Web looks like the ugly duckling of the media world. The handful of options available in HTML—font face, size, and color—doesn’t hold a candle to the typographic and layout control you get when creating a document in even the most basic word processing program.

But not anymore. A technology called Cascading Style Sheets addresses many of these shortcomings of HTML. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) allow much greater control over the layout and design of Web pages. Using them, you can add margins to paragraphs (just as in a word processor), colorful and stylish borders to images, and even dynamic rollover effects to text links. Best of all, Dreamweaver’s streamlined approach lets you combine many of these formats into powerful style sheets with just a few mouse clicks.


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