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Hope you already have an idea about CSS, without really knowing what it is. In this CSS Tutorial you will learn more about what CSS is and what it can do for you.

CSS is an contraction for Cascading Style Sheets.

What can I do with CSS?

CSS is a style language that defines layout for an entire web site or any HTML document. For example, CSS covers colors, fonts, headings, margins, lines, breaks, height, width, background images, advanced positions and many other things. Just wait and see in coming next!

HTML can be misused to add layout to websites or it can be create trouble for layout. HTML can define layout for any page or website but HTML is not for layout designing.  So Cascading Style Sheet offers more options and is more accurate and sophisticated. Because the CSS is exclusive for design layout of website.  CSS is supported by all browsers today.

I am sure after only a few guide line of this CSS Tutorial you will be able to make your own style sheets using CSS to give your website a new great look.


What is the difference between HTML and CSS?

CSS is used exclusively for formatting structured content of a single web page or the entire web site.  HTML is used to structure content or website.

Wait, it sounds a bit technical and confusing. But continue reading next. We will all make sense to you soon.

Back in the good old days when Madonna was a virgin and a guy called Tim Berners Lee invented the World Wide Web, the language HTML was only used to add structure to text. An author could mark his text by stating "this is a headline" or "this is a paragraph" using HTML tags such as <h1> and <p>.

As the Web gained popularity, designers started looking for possibilities to add layout to online documents. To meet this demand, the browser producers (at that time Netscape and Microsoft) invented new HTML tags such as for example <font> which differed from the original HTML tags by defining layout - and not structure.

This also led to a situation where original structure tags such as <table> were increasingly being misused to layout pages instead of adding structure to text. Many new layout tags such as <blink> were only supported by one type of browser. "You need browser X to view this page" became a common disclaimer on web sites.

Cascading Style Sheet was invented to remedy this situation by providing web designers with sophisticated layout opportunities supported by all browsers. At the same time, separation of the presentation style of documents from the content of documents, makes site maintenance a lot easier.


Which benefits will CSS give me?

CSS was a revolution in the world of web design. The concrete benefits of CSS include:

  • control layout of many documents from one single style sheet;
  • more precise control of layout;
  • apply different layout to different media-types (screen, print, etc.);
  • numerous advanced and sophisticated techniques.

In the next we will discus colors and backgrounds and we will take a closer look at how Cascading Style Sheet actually works and how you get started.


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