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Introduction > How CSS Works

How CSS Works

If you’ve used styles in word processing programs like Microsoft Word or page layout programs like Adobe InDesign, CSS will feel familiar. A style is simply a rule describing how to format a particular portion of a web page. A style sheet is a set of these styles.

CSS works with HTML, but it’s not HTML. It’s a different language altogether. While HTML provides structure to a document by organizing information into headers, paragraphs, bulleted lists, and so on, CSS works hand-in-hand with the web browser to make HTML look good.

For example, you might use HTML to turn a phrase into a top-level heading, indicating that it introduces the content on the rest of the page. However, you’d use CSS to format that heading with, say, big and bold red type and position it 50 pixels from the left edge of the window. CSS is all about changing—and improving—the appearance of the HTML.


  

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