The Emergence of Cascading Style Sheets

by Taylor G
This article I decided to blog about was written in 1999.  The reason I chose to write about it was because I found it interesting to see what these experts had to say about CSS back over 10 years ago.  The author of the article talks about when CSS was first released there was a lot of hype over it and how he didn’t want to commit to that hype.  He talked about how the web authoring tools, and how they were constantly changing back then.  There were so many standards that when a new one would come out a majority of the browsers wouldn’t be able to fully support them.  He talks about a specific incident when he was working on a page and was creating a table with lots of text, and the <font> tag wouldn’t be able to format every cell in the table, so for each cell he would have to include a <font> tag causing a lot of wasteful space.  Instead using CSS it could be eliminated by typing a simple <style> tag in the header of each page.  He later goes on to talk about how you can reference a page that is simply used for defining different parts of the page.  The method of calling these pages would be as simple as using a <link> tag.  He also talks about all the advantages of using a CSS page.

I found this article to be interesting.  Like I said before this article was written over 10 years ago, and CSS was a huge new development for the web industry.  Now most pages use some sort of styles sheet.  I like being able to learn about history of the technology and how it could have possibly been passed on, and instead the industry could be using a different possibly less efficient technology.  Also, it I enjoy hearing about other forms of technology that never made it.  I would recommend that most web development students read this.  It isn’t necessarily new technology for some of us, but it defines the technology in the past.

Thomas, B. “Cascade effects [WWW computer style sheets],” Internet Computing, IEEE , vol.3, no.1, pp.89-90, Jan/Feb 1999