HTML was created with the intention of exposing information, this way under the original design approach the content was the most important aspect; but in a very short time things changed drastically, HTML became wildly popular and quickly increased its original purpose, so there has been rapid creation of new elements to adapt HTML to the market's more sophisticated needs and the surplus of those new elements has led to interoperability problems across diverse platforms. To help solve those problems arrived XHTML, which is a much more accessible language than the old HTML and guaranteed to work in any standards browser, due to his persistence on respect the rules and W3C specifications.
On the other hand, the visual and quality aspects have become decisive to the website visual accomplishment as well as in other important areas. To help in this new requirement comes the Cascading Style Sheets – CSS.
To corroborate how CSS and XHTML complement each other, you have to known the basic aspects of XHTML and CSS. If you don’t know anything about those themes, before you go ahead, read the posts Understanding XHTML and About CSS, that bring an introduction on such topics and link to interesting websites.
In conclusion, CSS is an easy mechanism for managing the style of a website without changing its structure. By differencing visual design elements (fonts, colours, margins, and so on) from the structural logic of a web page, CSS gives web designers the control they wish without sacrificing the integrity of the data - thus maintaining its usability in multiple environments. Besides, defining typographic design and page layout from within a single distinct block of code allows for faster downloads, efficient site maintenance, and immediate total control of design attributes across multiple pages.
We will cover Styling-XHTML different aspects, from the easiest to most complex ones, under a practical approach that will be materialized on a gradually develop, step by step, of a real web site that it’ll begin soon in the next part.
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