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Chapter 2. CSS > Browsers and CSS

Browsers and CSS

For CSS to work as described in this book, you must use a CSS-enhanced browser, that is, a browser that supports CSS. A CSS-enhanced browser recognizes the STYLE element as a container for a style sheet and presents the document accordingly. Most browsers in use today support CSS, including Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), Firefox (FF), Opera (O), Safari (S), and Konqueror (K). CSS is also supported by most Web authoring tools, and the Prince (P) formatter prints CSS beautifully. The symbols in parenthesis identify the browser in the capability charts you will see later in this book.

It wasn’t always this way. CSS was first published in 1996, so browsers created before then have a valid excuse for not supporting style sheets. Also, the first generation of browsers that supported CSS (Internet Explorer 3 and Netscape Navigator 4) were filled with bugs. (A few people still use these browsers.) Also, some browsers on special devices do not support style sheets. For example, on a mobile phone where the connection speed is limited, a Web browser may ignore style sheets to speed up the Web.


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