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Style Sheets: An Overview

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is the broad term used to refer to several methods of applying style elements to HTML pages. In this case, think of a style as any kind of design element: including typeface, background, text, link colors, margin controls, and placement of objects on a page.

Why should you use style sheets if HTML can do at least some of this work by itself? The developers of HTML originally intended for it to be only a formatting language, responsible for the basic layout of a page, including body, headers, paragraphs, and a few specific items such as bulleted lists. Web designers and browser developers are the ones who have pushed and pulled at HTML to make it accommodate aspects of style.


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