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Double Vision – Give the Browsers CSS They Can Digest

Some but not all browsers support CSS2. You can deliberately code your website so that users of either kind of browser will see pages that are appropriate for what their browser can handle. Older browsers won't gag, but you will still be able to take advantage of what you can do with CSS2 in the newer browsers. Read on to find out how.

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By: Chris Heilmann
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February 22, 2005
  1. · Double Vision – Give the Browsers CSS They Can Digest
  2. · The way of the dark side – code forking
  3. · The way of confusion – browser hacks
  4. · The way into the future – progressive enhancement
  5. · The child selector
  6. · Enhancing with the child selector
  7. · The screen display style sheet
  8. · The print style sheet

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Now, as MSIE on PC does not support the child selector, we can ensure that only browsers that can deal with certain styles get them. Normally this is done by preceding them with a html>body construct. This matches every BODY element inside the HTML element, a rather pointless definition in HTML documents, as those only allow for one body, but it makes sure that these styles are applied document-wide.

Example: An article style sheet

Let’s create a style sheet that makes it easy to read articles. We start with a properly marked up, valid HTML document (http://icant.co.uk/forreview/generating_nocss.html) that forces the browser to render in standards mode. This is all we will give old browsers like Netscape 4.x.  

For newer browsers, we apply the stylesheet "articles.css" (http://icant.co.uk/forreview/articles.css) for screen display and "print.css" (http://icant.co.uk/forreview/print.css) for printouts:


            <style type="text/css" media="screen">

         @import "articles.css";


    <link rel="StyleSheet" href="print.css" media="print" type="text/css" />


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