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Cascading Style Sheets: The beauty of CSS

By Joshua Elliot On July 5, 2010 Under css

CSS or Cascading Style Sheets were born of necessity. HTML is a great language and if you know tables, you can lay down a nice, basic web page. This has not changed. HTML is still a great tool for basic web page content. What has changed is that CSS has the ability to write the way a page is designed much easier than HTML making them the preferred method of creating a web sites personality.

Today, CSS and CSS templates has evolved into three upgraded versions each one capably of more sophisticated design. Its popularity has grown to the point where there are now more CSS users than HTML. Type the words CSS tutorial in any search engine and you will find pages of websites willing to teach you everything from the basics to advance Cascading Style Sheets usage.

The main reason CSS initially attracted more users was for its time saving properties. In HTML, if you wanted to change the font in the headers of twenty pages, you had to change the code in twenty different pages. With CSS Templates, you do not even have to change the web pages; you make the change in a CSS file linked to the web site and upload it from there. All the pages change automatically. That is the beauty and simplicity of Cascading Style Sheets.

A CSS template is simply a design of a web page that can be used on any web site document giving it the look and feel of the template. You can find thousands of CSS templates on the internet. Most of the CSS Template are free. This makes the very popular and desirable for people who are making their first website and for business web designers looking for a particular feel. The text can still be loaded onto an off-site document so that changes to the site can be made remotely.

The telephone was a great invention. It did not take long before there was a landline-based phone in almost every home in the country. Then the cell phone came along. Now people could do more with less. There are numerous applications that you can use with a cell phone that simply cannot be done on a home phone. Yet, there is still a landline-based phone in almost every home in the country. Did people stop using their home phone even though they have a cell phone? Not! HTML still has its applications. CSS enhances those applications.

HTML or Hypertext Markup Language is a language that uses text to speak to a web browser. It tells the web browser what is on the document and how to interpret it. That is why we are able to see the content of a web page.

XML or Extensible Markup Language provides the rules for which languages encode a document. XML has other applications but its primary purpose is to allow HTML and other markup languages to encode a document. It provides the guidelines for all the languages to work with.

XHTML or Extensible Hypertext Markup Language is HTML reformulated as an XML friendly language. It is similar to HTML in most ways with a few minor differences.

CSS or Cascading Style Sheets can be used with all of the above. Another way to describe what CSS does for web pages is to take your living room as an example. Ten months out of the year, it is just a living room. You put up a Christmas tree with lights and decorations. Burn some pine scented incense or oils and light the fireplace. Put some Christmas music on softly in the background and bake cookies in the kitchen. Now when you walk into your living room it feels like Christmas. CSS is the application that puts the feel into a web page. It sets the mood and the tone that you want your visitors to feel when they enter your website. CSS is the style in HTML and XHTML documents.

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