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Hi everyone:

This is my doubt... when implementing style on a given site and
setting up the background color, font style and every style parameter,
=BFwhich is the better choice: CSS or Simple HTML? (by 'Simple' i mean
"body bgcolor", etc.).

=BFCSS is loaded by default on any browser and O.S.?


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CSS.  Useful CSS support is now widespread on every browser worth

Obviously there are still some cases where CSS isn't available or is
deliberately limited (spiders, text-only browsers, readers) However
the old problem of suppporting Netscape 4 etc. is no longer worth
worrying about.

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Hi N41K0,
The short answer is "yes, CSS is available". Netscape 4 supported some
CSS in 1997, IE 3 in 1996, Opera 3.5 in 1998. You can decide for
yourself if you want to support Netscape 3 and other browsers that are
10+ years old. Personally, I find it hard to imagine any user group that
would have a significant portion of users with even something as old as
Netscape 4, let alone older browsers.

Have fun

Philip /
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This depends entirely on the browser and not on the OS.

I recommend the use of CSS because it simplifies changes.

If your background color is bright yellow and you find that a pale
yellow or ivory background would improve readability, you only have to
change a single CSS statement in one file.  If you set the background in
your HTML, you would have to change it for each Web page file.

I have a Web site with over 30 pages.  It specified the use of Arial for
the font.  When I realized that Verdana looks quite similar but has
better readability, I only had to change the word "Arial" to "Verdana"
in one line of one CSS file.  I did not have to change 30 files.  (By
the way, the site allows the font to be overridden with a user's own
preferred font.)

Note, however, that the contents of a well-designed Web page can still
be understood if CSS is suppressed.  That allows the page to be
processed by specialized browsers for the handicapped (e.g., an audio
browser for the blind).


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