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Customizing styles: User-Controlled Style Sheets - Part II


In this second article of a three-part series, you will learn how to allow visitors to your website to view an entirely different, more visually accessible style sheet from the "default" one. Normally, providing more than one style sheet causes browser conflict issues -- but with a little bit of JavaScript, we will solve this problem.

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By: Alejandro Gervasio
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April 13, 2005
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Customizing styles: User-Controlled Style Sheets - Part II
  2. · Changing entire style sheets: the first basic approach
  3. · Listing full source code
  4. · Summary and further reading

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Introduction

Welcome to Part II of the series "Customizing Styles: User-Controlled Style Sheets." If you read the first article, I really hope you had some fun playing with some of the techniques explained for changing styles in Web pages. Just in case you didn't have a chance to look at the first part, let's recapitulate the approaches I've demonstrated to perform simple and effective element's style manipulation.

Digging into the area of fascinating Web style programming, I've exposed the most common approaches for style changes in Web documents: accessing specific elements by their ID attribute, and more widely, manipulating larger page sections in a generic way, changing styles according to a given tag.

In the first case, the style change is a rather surgical process, where we need to affect only small document sections, and certainly intended to be used on a limited scale. The second method, which usually works on HTML collections generated from a targeted tag, such as a paragraph (p) element, is more flexible for giving users control over bigger portions of a Web page. From a designer's point of view, just using a simple script that manipulates programmatically multiple page elements at once, makes it a big time saver for style changes with a minimum of effort.

I'm pretty sure that you're very anxious to know about more complex techniques for manipulating styles. I hope I'm right. Of course, if you're a well-seasoned developer, this certainly won't blow your mind, but it might be useful for filling in some gaps in the overall background. So, with that in mind, the next step leads us directly to the process of changing entire style sheets. That's definitely a big step forward.  reading.


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