Developed in 1997, CSS is a way for web developers to define the aesthetics of a web page. Originally intended in order to allow designers to separate content on the website’s code from design in order to allow HTML to perform their functions as originally coded for. This allows for coding without the hassle of design and layout.
It was not until the year 2000 that started to gain prominence which web browsers supporting more than the mere font and color CSS properties. Today, all browsers support CSS Level 1, most support CSS Level 2 and some support CSS Level 3. Almost all web sites today sport CSS in their design and development and it has become as important to comprehend CSS as it is to comprehend HTML.
Cascade Style Sheet
The document is the style sheet. They have been used in document design for many years and are the technical specs of the layout of the document, whether it be on print or online. Style sheets are used by print designers to ensure that their designs come out the way they have been planned. Web based style sheets are of the same purpose. They inform the browser of the process of rendering the document.
The kicker is ‘Cascade’. Web style sheets are designed to cascade through different style sheets. The code at the bottom decides the total layout of the page. A general web page has at least one style sheet, these sheets being the default styles which the browser utilizes to show the page. The style sheet comes into play when the developer has different sequences which the browser needs to accommodate..
Web pages are styled using CSS and that their primary and singular purpose. CSS styles XHTML and XML languages. In any of these languages, CSS can be used to define their aesthetics. CSS also caters to web definition on media other than browsers such as print media or slide show displays through projectors.
The Importance of CSS
One of the most powerful tools in web development, the knowledge of CSS and its application can affect the entire mood and the tone and theme of a web site. Well developed style sheets can edit the content and layout of a site and they can be updated fast and these changes can be made without any change being made into the existing HTML based structure. CSS’s challenge is the amount that needs to be known about CSS to begin work extensively with CSS. However, it is a compact program with Level 1 containing sixty properties and Level 2 has seventy properties. When compared to HTML’s vast landscape of tags and attributes that needs to be internalized, CSS is pretty simple. CSS’s ability to cascade and combine with browsers allows the directives to be interpreted differently. It is a tad bit more complex than HTML but it leads to much more satisfying results.
Valery Parker is a web designer who has been making web sites for the past ten years at Fast Easy Websites. She also travels throughout the country from time to time, delivering updated advice on intricacies of web development and the methods of making attractive and functional web sites.