CSS for Beginners – What is CSS Anyway?

Does CSS for BEGINNERS sound right to you? Do you keep wondering “What is CSS anyway?”. You probably do not feel ready for anything techie – but you would like to understand the basics of what CSS is really.

Well, look no further – this is exactly what I will tell you!

CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets. Computer language used to describe the style / formatting information used on the website. This includes items such as colors, background images, fonts, margins and retranslation.

In every CSS style definition there are two parts:

1. Picker – defines which style tags to use.

2. Properties – specify what font, size, color etc style really is.

An exciting feature of CSS is that it allows you to achieve many results that could not be reproduced using plain HTML. For example it is possible for border colors, styles, widths etc. to be set individually on each side of the border.

CSS can also save you a lot of time and effort in applying a single basic, consistent style to your document text.

What do I mean by that?

Many web browsers automatically become a serif font like Times New Roman. If you want to build a complex web page structure (and tables etc) using a sans-serif font like Verdana or Tahoma this will involve many tags – all dedicated to keeping the text even.

So, what’s the problem with that?

Nothing – until you decide to change the font and are in charge of adjusting hundreds of tags to make what appears to be a very simple change.

If you understand HTML you can set a default font for use across the page but you will need to adjust one tag for each page of your site. And you’ll be in trouble if you need to add a second font to the page.

Now, that CSS is enough for beginners! And if someone asks you – “What is CSS anyway? – you can tell!

Source by Elaine Drennan

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