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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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Customizing styles: User-Controlled Style Sheets - Part II - Summary and further reading
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And that's about it. In this second part, I hope you've enjoyed the handy technique I explained for changing two style sheets in a Web document. It should have offered you some insight into JavaScript's processing power for manipulating CSS style changing without getting a single foot into server-side approaches. Everything has been maintained within the domain of the client.

However, there are a couple of issues yet to be considered. First, what's the point on swapping style sheets if we cannot make the process reversible? And second, if we were able to turn on and off style sheets alternately in a single Web document, the change would be kept only until the next page request. If the user ever had the "bad" idea to click on any links, our carefully crafted technique to swap style sheets would be gone with the wind. Obviously, the whole process is stateless.

These issues should be efficiently addressed. Those reasons are good enough to head us directly to the last part of this series. In it, I'll be discussing and implementing some interesting approaches to change any number of styles sheets, and making that change persistent across several Web pages. Want to know more? Just stay tuned until the next article. The wait will be worth it!


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