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change element individually, each time it appeared) .Style sheets let Web designers quickly create more consistent pages--and more consistent sites.
How Style sheets are Implemented
There are 3 basic ways to add functionality of Style Sheets:
1. Inline - Creating elements for each HTML Tag. This will allow same HTML Tag to have different styles on same page.
2. Embedding - Creating elements on page itself that will affect every occurrence of an HTML Tag.
3. Linking - Creating one page that defines elements and include in pages that you want to affect.
For beginners using Embedding or Linking is recommended.. The Linking Style is used when you want to use same style on multiple pages, you can then use Embedding and/or Inline on specific pages that don't fit design style of Linking Sheet.
Precedence and inheritance
As term Cascading Style Sheets implies, more than one style sheet can be used on same document, with different levels of importance. Generally styles from different style sheets merge together (cascade) into a virtual style.
However, If you define conflicting styles for same HTML element, innermost definition--the one closest to individual tag-wins
The precedence Style Sheets follow is Inline, Embedding, then Linking. Inline Style takes precedence over Embedding Style, which takes precedence over Linking Style.
There is a fourth style sheet which is set not by document author but by reader and that is browser default. Taking this style sheet into consideration order of precedence is: tag).
1. Inline Style (inside HTML element) .
2. Embedding Style Sheet (inside
3. External Style Sheet.
4. Browser default.
So, an inline style (inside an HTML element) has highest priority, which means that it will override every style declared inside tag, in an external style sheet, and in a browser (a default value).
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