CSS – Site Design Basics Part One
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When it comes to designing a Website, there are several modern programming techniques that can make the designer’s task much easier.Once the content and focus of the Website is decided, layout should become the focus of development. What fonts will be used for the various links and text? Which color will be used to make certain links more prominent than others? Most importantly, how will the designer ensure the entire Website has an isometric appearance? If used properly, CSS can accomplish those tasks, while reducing bandwidth and increasing page-load timeframes.
WHAT IS CSS AND HOW CAN IT BE USED?
CSS is an abbreviation for Cascading Style Sheet. It can consist of several lines of text to control content appearance within a Webpage, or multiple pages within a Website. There are two common ways that a Style Sheet can be used. First, it can be added to the, "head," of each individual Webpage. A more efficient way to implement a Style Sheet, is to up-load the file into a Directory on a Website, and utilize an include tag.
Posting the style sheet within the head of each page will increase the amount of bandwidth used and slightly affect the download speed of pages. This is dependent on the size of a particular site and the number of styles included on the CSS. If a change-of-style is decided upon in the future, each individual Webpage will require editing, to affect the entire Website. For example, if a designer wished to apply a holiday theme around Christmas, he or she would need to edit the CSS on every page for the change to take affect.
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