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1.5. Summary

In order to facilitate a return to structural HTML, something was needed to permit authors to specify how a document should be displayed. CSS fills that need very nicely, and far better than the various presentational HTML elements ever did (or probably could have done). For the first time in years, there is hope that web pages can become more structural, not less, and at the same time the promise that they can have a more sophisticated look than ever before.

In order to ensure that this transition goes as smoothly as possible, HTML introduces a number of ways to link HTML and CSS together while still keeping them distinct. This allows authors to simplify document appearance management and maximize their effectiveness, thereby

7.7.3. List Item Positions

There is one other thing you can do to influence the appearance of list items under CSS1, and that's change the position of the bullet itself, in relation to the content of the list item. This is accomplished with list-style-position.


If a making their jobs a little easier. The further benefits of improving accessibility and positioning documents for a switch to an XML world make CSS a compelling technology.

As for user agent support, the LINK element has been universally supported, as have both the STYLE element and attribute. @import didn't fare so well, though, being ignored outright by Navigator 4. This is not such a major tragedy, annoying though it might be, since the LINK element will still let you bring external style sheets into play.

In order to fully understand how CSS can do all of this, authors need a firm grasp of how CSS handles document structure, how one writes rules that behave as expected, and most of all, what the "Cascading" part of the name really means.

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operate as you'd expect by now. For example, the following tworules will give the same amount of padding:

H1 {padding: 0 0 0 0.25in;}H2 {padding-left: 0.25in;}