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Bad CSS Comes to Town

In 1997, when MSIE3 began offering partial support for CSS1, those of us intrigued by the W3C design language's promise initially approached our task with the same nonstructural, redundant verbosity we had so lovingly lavished on our image-free table layouts.

Instead of linking to a single style sheet that could be cached on the visitor's hard drive, we used inline styles per the example in the next section (“Party Like It's 1997”) that wasted every bit as much bandwidth as the old-school font and bgcolor attributes. In an effort to support “non-CSS browsers,” we often stuck the font tags and other junk in anyway, effectively doubling the bandwidth our layouts wasted. And it goes without saying that we gave not the slightest consideration to document structure.


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