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Chapter 13.  An Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets

Chapter 13. An Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets

HTML was originally developed primarily as a universal coding system that would enable anyone to view the same pages, regardless of the computer platform they were using. HTML offered structural formatting (this line is a heading, that word should be emphasized) but did not allow designers much control over the appearance of the page. While the original inhabitants of the Web—mostly scientists and other academics—were more concerned with content, the second generation—Web designers and the rest of us—insisted on being able to change the color of a word or choose a particular font.

While the browser manufacturers were trying to satisfy this thirst for aesthetic control by slapping on new proprietary, non-standard HTML tags left and right, and the Web design elite were appropriating tables as a layout tool, the World Wide Web Consortium went to work on a system that would keep HTML universal while allowing designers more control over the look of their pages. The result of that effort is called Cascading Style Sheets.


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