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Chapter 15. Supporting Accessibility wit... > The Advantages of Using Style Sheets

The Advantages of Using Style Sheets

In general, enforcing the separation of content and structure from presentation and layout results in Web documents that load faster and are easier to maintain and update. Source documents that contain only content and structural markup are easier for people (like Web developers) to read and understand than documents that include lots of complex formatting instructions. Therefore, those documents are easier and less expensive to update when necessary—even if the person responsible for updating the site is not the person who designed and built it.

Content can be changed independently of formatting because presentation and layout are handled in CSS. This means you can leverage the skills of graphic designers and typographers on your team by allowing them to focus on the visual design while writers and communication specialists work on textual content. And you can change presentation and layout on hundreds or even thousands of pages at once simply by changing the external style sheet to which those pages are linked.


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