The style sheet is a very important element in terms of internet and web advancement. There is an increasing number of browsers that are now using style sheets. As a result, authors are able to access brand new features that allow them to have a greater influence on how their information is presented, while at the same time ensuring platforms remain fully independent. There are various fantastic benefits from the use of style sheets. One of their greatest benefit is probably that they are not HTML tags, which are full of problems. As cascading style sheets (CSS) gradually develop onwards and upwards, style sheets began to deliver increasingly awesome effects.
Style sheets are actually nothing new. They have existed since the early 1990s, which is when HTML started as well. However, HTML started to develop a huge language of its own quite quickly. As a result, web developers started to demand more stylistics capabilities, expecting greater varieties and more. As a result, cascade style sheets fell into the background. Indeed, until CSS was developed, an external language designed solely to allow people to define style attributes was almost unheard of. Then CSS came along, and all of this changed.
It should be noted that CSS was not a great success when it was first implemented. It was full of bugs, inconsistencies and various quirks problems and browser support. Indeed, various developers who were using CSS would have to come up with complicated workarounds and even hacks if they want to ensure their results across platforms and web browsers were consistent. Most people have heard of the box model bug in Internet Explorer. Here, the width of a box is not properly interpreted. This is an issue that is seen in many different versions of Internet Explorer. The result is that blocks appear fine in a range of different browsers but, when opened in Internet Explorer, they are much too narrow. Sure, it is possible to avoid this bug altogether, but this also means that you will lose out on some of the functionalities that you wanted to achieve by using a box in the first place. This is just one of several bugs. The browsers Netscape, Internet Explorer, Opera and Mozilla have all reported problems that lead to their documents not being as legible as they should be. This was a significant CSS problem, as it caused designers to have difficulties in terms of having consistent designs regardless of the platform that is used by the person viewing the information. There are some hidden wars going on. Opera’s Presto layout engine, Mozilla’s Gecko layout engine and the KHTML engine (used in Linux Konqueror and Apple Safari browsers) simply don’t seem to agree on what works and what doesn’t. They each support a different part of CSS. Internet Explorer, however, was the worst of all.
Today however things have improved dramatically across browsers, and the support for cascade style sheets has become more consistent compared to a few years back. And with the new support for CSS3 and HTML5 designers are able to create some amazing websites with full support across today browers.