Sophisticated CSS User Series Part I: Basic Conceptual Introduction With CSS & Its Benefits

What Is A CSS?

“Cascading Style Sheets ” the name itself clears numerous facts. But, if you are new to CSS, then CSS is that tool which makes your website more presentable and features loaded. The styling of your website is the main function of the CSS.

From this simple definition, work of the CSS seems to be limited and constricted, but once you dive into the stylish world of the CSS, then you will see the real magic. The simple concept of styling website leads you to the CSS mastery land with the basics of how it works, including selectors and properties, writing CSS rules, applying CSS to HTML, how to specify length, color, and other units in CSS, cascade, and inheritance, and debugging CSS.

So, yeah, CSS isn’t simple styling tool to make your website look more presentable. And, that’s exactly what we are going to unveil in this Sophisticated CSS User Series. We are going to discuss everything and we mean everything that a user required to know about the CSS here. So, don’t move and stay focused as first CSS stop is going to be about the basic introduction.

Who Created CSS?

CSS was created by HĆ„kon Wium Lie on 10th October 1994 and maintained through the group of people who works within W3C. World Wide Web Consortium aka W3C is a group that determines how the internet works and evolves.

The CSS working group maintains document which is called specifications. And, once the CSS specification file is rectified by the W3C team, then it became recommendations. Because after that W3C has no control over the working of the later. As independent companies create the software later on.

Different Versions of CSS

Cascading Style Sheets level 1 – The first version of CSS was recommended in the way back 1996. The main feature of the first version of CSS to provide visual formatting modules for the HTML tags.

Cascading Style Sheets Level 2 – The second CSS version was recommended in 1998 and was build on CSS 1. This version mainly practiced the media specific files such as printers and aural devices, downloadable fonts, element positioning, and tables.

Cascading Style Sheets Level 3 – CSS3 become a recommendation of W3C in June 1999 and was built on older versions of CSS. In this level, CSS is divided into different documents called Modules and each module is given separate extension in CSS2.

CSS 3 modules are; Selectors, Box Model, Backgrounds and Borders, Image Values and Replaced Content, Text Effects, 2D/3D Transformations, Animations, Multiple Column Layout and User Interface.

Why Use CSS?

Well, as you have gotten to know the CSS in bits and pieces, so you must be wondering how can CSS be helpful for you. So, developers, you should use CSS because:

It Saves Time – You can write CSS style sheet once and can use it in numerous HTML web pages. Just define each style of HTML element once with CSS and then reuse it on as many as HTML web pages you desire. It can save lots of your time and efficiency.

Page Loads Quick – With CSS, you don’t have to write tag attribution for each HTML element. Just insert one CSS rule in the tag and apply it to the all other tags. So, if fewer codes are being used, then this will automatically increase page load quicker.

Fast Maintenance – To globally change your web page, just change the style of the sheet and all other elements of the web page will be automatically updated.

Multiple Styles – CSS has a wider array of styles as compared to the HTML. So, with CSS you can design your HTML web pages into better looking features.

Multiple Device – By using CSS style sheets you are offering multiple device connectivity to your website.

Offline Browsing – CSS can load web applications locally, that’s why with the offline cache, CSS can load the web page offline also.

Independent Platform – The Script offer consistent platform independence and can support latest browsers as well.

That was just the beginning of CSS journey people, to know more about styling stay tuned.

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