Cascading Style Sheet Basics

by on July 8th, 2007

its always a good practice to place CSS scripts outside the webpage and link to it. This helps in reducing size of pages and increases loading time. In CSS you can redefine tag styles. Make IDs or you can create your own class to use in the pages.


The CSS syntax is made up of three parts: a selector, a property and a value:

selector {property: value}

The selector is normally the HTML element/tag you wish to define, the property is the attribute you wish to change, and each property can take a value. The property and value are separated by a colon, and surrounded by curly braces:

body {color: black}

Note: If the value is multiple words, put quotes around the value:

p {font-family: "sans serif"}

Note: If you wish to specify more than one property, you must separate each property with a semicolon. The example below shows how to define a center aligned paragraph, with a red text color:

p {text-align:center;color:red}

To make the style definitions more readable, you can describe one property on each line, like this:

text-align: center;
color: black;
font-family: arial

You can group selectors. Separate each selector with a comma. In the example below we have grouped all the header elements. All header elements will be displayed in green text color:

color: green