The Bottom Line (on this page) -
Five Rules to keep us stay sane.|
New rules - use lower-case for tags, and remember to close them all.
If your STYLE code will not work (and there is no recognised Bug involved - signalled by the rose), sometimes placing the attribute value in parenthesis (inner quote signs) solves the problem.
Rule 1. ANY browser should be able to access the content of the site.
These rules are not absolute. They're meant to give you something to hold on to when you first use style sheets. Rules Three and Five, especially, give you plenty of leeway for interpretation. After all, each site is unique, both in its design and in the exact mix of browsers that visit it.
Today is only the dawning of the Style Sheet Era not yet even the morning.
Some new ideas
CSS style sheets should use lower case element and attribute names. XHTML is case sensitive, and we want to be understood when that new wave hits.
Early in 2001, when I started this project, CSS was to be the answer to the problems of differing Browsers (according to writers in items dated last century, eg 1999).
BUT the goal posts have moved - media for viewing Web Pages is evolving and the markup language needs to adjust.
The next game is called XHTML 1.0: The Extensible HyperText Markup Language, meant to be A Reformulation of HTML 4 and easy to learn! - from the W3C Recommendation 26 January 2000.
Understanding CSS developmenthttp://www.w3.org
The CSS3 module describes the various values and units that CSS properties accept. Also, it describes how "specified values", which is what a style sheet contains, are processed into "computed values" and "actual values".
The working draft consists of 24 files. Some are very large, for example the page on FONTS is 140KB. I have tried to pick out the basics. Go to the source to develop your wisdom.
Status of the official documentThe W3C Working Draft, 13 July 2001, location
This page is part of Elizabeth Janson's web site
Tetbury residents in the Eighteenth Century
my Australian Family History and Barrie, our Family Poet.