Web Then and Now

by Mike Y
HTML was meant for standardizing documents, but its limited flexibility left designers wanting. Along came CSS which allowed users to customize HTML without directly changing the code. The separate style sheet was efficient as the CSS document could be applied to any HTML page and changes were relatively easy to do. The article talks about how it can work but browsers read the same information differently which leads to different looking pages even with the same code. Today, users do no generate style sheets, as the designer is the one to be sure the site appears correctly on all web browsers. The article is a bit outdated but it shows some contrast compared to today’s web developing standards.

It is related to our current lesson because the article shows how much has changed since HTML 3.0. CSS is very good in giving a website a uniform look that is easy to change. Because it is so useful, I don’t think any modern site is designed without using CSS. It is simply too easy and powerful to not use especially in conjunction with content management systems.

CSS is important because it gives web designers the flexibility needed to customize web pages. It is crucial to make HTML 5 appealing. The conundrum between HTML 3.0 and CSS is happening now with HTML 5 and other objects such as Flash (or lack thereof). The web as we know it now would have been impossible in 1998. There have been constant improvements in both the standard of the web and its designers.



Korpela, J.; , “Lurching toward Babel: HTML, CSS and XML,” Computer , vol.31, no.7, pp.103-104, 106, Jul 1998
doi: 10.1109/2.689682
URL: http://0-ieeexplore.ieee.org.opac.library.csupomona.edu/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=689682&isnumber=15111