CSS – Cascading Style Sheet

CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheet and in 1977 the first CSS was developed in order for web developers to define their look and style their own site. CSS was intended to let web developers split content from design therefore HTML could perform more of the function it was originally based on which was the markup of content, without the worry of design and layout.

CSS did not become popular until 2000 until web browsers began using different fonts rather than just a basic font as well as colour aspects. Today web browsers now support all CSS1 content, the majority of CSS2 contents and parts of CSS3 content. Web developers of today who do not use CSS in their development are quickly becoming a thing of the past with people now saying it is just as important to understand CSS as it is HTML.

Why is CSS important?

Understanding CSS is one of the most powerful tools you can learn as a web designer as knowing cascading style sheets you can affect the tones and look of the website to how the designer wants it to look. The web designer who doesn’t know CSS doesn’t have to options to do this.

Where is CSS used?

CSS is used tostyle web pages although there is more uses for it. CSS is used to style XHTML and XML markup. Having this means anywhere there is an XML or XHTML mark up CSS can be used to define how the design will look. CSS can also define how web pages should look when viewed in other media not just a web browser.

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