From JISC Standards Catalogue
- Web Standards
- CSS (Cascading Stylesheets) is the recommended technology for describing the appearance of HTML documents.
- Open standard
- At the time of writing (October 2006) the recommended version of CSS is CSS 2.1.
- CSS is a mature format, with many authoring tools available and a wide understanding of the technology.
- Risk Assessment
- Historically use of CSS has, in the past, been hindered by poor support in browsers, although simple techniques are now available for overcoming such barriers. However inertia, investment in legacy authoring tools or a lack of awareness of current best practices may hinder deployment of HTML and CSS with corresponding difficulties in maximising accessibility and interoperability.
In addition there is a need to ensure documents using CSS comply with appropriate standards. There will be a need to deploy appropriate QA techniques to ensure that this is the case.
- Take-up Elsewhere
CSS is widely used in other development programmes.
- Further Information
- Cascading Style Sheets, W3C, <http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/>
- W3C Cascading Style Sheets, Cover Pages, <http://xml.coverpages.org/css.html>
- Advice on HTML, CSS and related technologies], QA Focus briefing documents, UKOLN, <http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/qa-focus/documents/briefings/#access>
- Cascading Style Sheets, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascading_Style_Sheets>
- Brian Kelly, UKOLN
- Date Created
- 27 July 2005. Updated 2 October 2006 (minor edits made).
A standards entry for CSS is also available in the eReSS Wiki