What is CSS

If the question is referred to the meaning of the three letters acronym CSS the extended meaning of CSS is Cascading Style Sheets.

If you are new to web development and at the first stages of learning html it would be nice to show interest about CSS since the early days. But then question raises again, what actually is Cascading Style Sheets.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is style that defines how a HTML elements should be presented to the web browser. The style sheets are stored in a CSS file that ends with .css extension. At W3Schools there are several definitions of what CSS actually is, the definitions are short and precise and they go as next

  • CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets
  • Styles define how to display HTML elements
  • Styles are normally stored in Style Sheets
  • Styles were added to HTML 4.0 to solve a problem
  • External Style Sheets can save you a lot of work
  • External Style Sheets are stored in CSS files
  • Multiple style definitions will cascade into one

The use of CSS and Why you should learn CSS

As previously mentioned the use of CSS is purely about styling your HTML elements, defining color of text, size of text, height of lines, styling your anchor (hyperlink) or even positioning div elements in your web layout to suit for your needs.

Aside the great performance and styling of your web layouts HTML elements CSS has another great role. With the control of CSS you can completely redesign your site, change the style without any intervention to your xhtml or html code. This flexibility that Cascading Style Sheets gives it saves hours and hours of coding work (it makes the coders life much easier when redesign is needed for a website).

In the next css tutorials guide you will be able to learn more tips and techniques how to apply CSS to your website design and add additional effects to your layout.

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