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CSS Benefits

A Russian proverb states, “Repetition is the mother of learning.” So forgive us if we wax a tad repetitive in reminding you that CSS, like other web standards, was not created for abstract purposes and was not intended for some distant future. Used well, right now, CSS provides practical benefits including (but not limited to) these:

  • Conserves user bandwidth, speeding page load times, especially over dial-up.

  • Reduces owner server and bandwidth overhead, thus saving money. (See the section “Outdated Markup: The Cost to Site Owners” in Chapter 1, “99.9% of Websites Are Obsolete.”)

  • Reduces design and development time. Producing the site shown in Chapters 8 and 10 took only a couple of hours, and part of that time we were working on Chapters 8 and 10, not the site. (These savings pertain only to time spent on development, of course: Creating content and artwork still takes as long as it takes.)

  • Reduces updating and maintenance time:

    • Content folks no longer need to worry about complex tables, font tags, and other old-school layout components that can break when text is updated. Because there are no (or few) such elements, there is little or nothing to break.

    • Designers, developers, and agencies no longer need to worry about clients breaking the site.

    • Global changes can be accomplished in minutes. Text too dark? Tweak a rule or two in the CSS file and the entire site instantly reflects the change.

  • Increases interoperability by adhering to W3C recommendations (web standards).

  • Increases accessibility by removing some, many, or all presentational elements from markup.



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