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Cascading Style Sheets: The How and the Why

Cascading Style Sheets have been around for a while now, and act as a complement to plain old HTML files. If you're new to HTML, then take a couple of minutes to learn a thing of two... you'll be surprised what you can do with style sheets!

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By: Mitchell Harper
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November 24, 2001
  1. · Cascading Style Sheets: The How and the Why
  2. · Cascading whats?
  3. · An example of an inline style sheet
  4. · An example of an external style sheet
  5. · A more advanced style sheet example
  6. · Conclusion

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Cascading Style Sheets: The How and the Why - An example of an external style sheet
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External style sheets are similar to internal style sheets, however, they are stripped of the <style> and </style> tags, and need to be referenced from another HTML file to be used.

Create a new file called “mystyle.css” and enter the following code into it:



color: #a00808;

font-family: Verdana;

size: 18pt


Next, create a HTML file and name it external.html. Enter the following code into external.html:



<title> External Style Sheet Reference Example </title>

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="mystyle.css">



<h1>This is one big H1 tag!</h1>



As mentioned above, you can see that the actual code in mystyle.css is exactly the same as it was in the inline example. In our HTML file, we simply place a <link> tag in the <head> section of our page. The rel=”stylesheet” attribute tells the browser that the link to the external file is a style sheet. The type=”text/css” attribute tells the browser that mystyle.css is a text file containing css (cascading style sheet) declarations. Lastly, the href=”mystyle.css” attribute tells the browser that the actual file we want to load is mystyle.css.
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