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The Definitive Guide to HTML5 by Adam Freeman

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C H A P T E R  16

CSS in Context

In the chapters that follow, I describe the properties defined by CSS, more properly known as Cascading Style Sheets. Chapter 4 provided a quick refresher in the basics of CSS, and this chapter provides some additional context before we start digging into the details.

Understanding CSS Standardization

CSS has had a difficult past. During the period when browsers were seen as tools to fragment the market, browser-makers used CSS as a key tool to create features that were unique to their software. It was a mess—properties with the same name were handled in different ways, and browser-specific properties were used to access browser-specific functionality. The idea was to force web developers to make their site ...

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