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The Pros and Cons of CSS

January 24, 2015 Web Design and Development 0 Comments

The pros and cons of CSS are not very well known outside of the Web design community. Nevertheless, professional designers and Web design students have to know CSS to apply consistent formatting across multiple pages and different websites. Knowing how to do this is almost essential to perform any serious Web design project, but the pros and cons of CSS should be outlined for those thinking about using it or starting a degree program in Web design.

The Pros and Cons of CSSWhat Is CSS?

CSS is simply a grouping of text-based code that overrides an Internet browser's default formatting to the Web designer's preferred style and format. CSS works in tandem with HTML to control the appearance of multiple pages and websites so that Web designers and developers do not have to spend the time making individual pages all look the same — an impossible feat if a website contains several hundred pages.

Pros of CSS

Aside from making the formatting and style of Web pages conform to a single format or style with just one piece of code, CSS has many other features enjoyed by designers, including the following:

  • Speed of Design: CSS helps developers quickly create multiple pages in the same style and format.
  • Consistency: CSS helps establish a consistent framework that Web designers can use across all the sites they build.
  • Ease of Use: CSS is easy to learn, and there are many tutorials and forums online to help designers in a pinch.
  • Multiple Browser Support: CSS works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and more.

Cons of CSS

While CSS has several benefits, some designers are quick to list the following cons:

  • Speed: Downloading an HTML page will always take longer if CSS is embedded within it. However, with ever-increasing Internet speeds, this is less of a problem than you might imagine.
  • Weirdness: While CSS is easy to use and understand, its syntax is very different from HTML and not terribly user-friendly. This forces developers to take time to learn two different types of code and then understand how they interact with each other.
  • Complications: CSS can get messy and complicate the creation of websites with third-party software, such as Dreamweaver or Microsoft FrontPage.

Though there are advantages of CSS that outweigh its shortcomings, designers and developers should know what they are getting themselves into before they attempt to learn or implement CSS in their Web pages. Knowing the code's pitfalls ahead of time can help designers curtail some unforeseen complications when they create their websites.

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