Setting colors and backgrounds on elements gives authors a great deal
of power in CSS. The advantage of CSS over traditional methods is
that colors and backgrounds can be applied to any element in a
document—not just table cells, for example, or anything
enclosed in a
FONT tag. Despite a few bugs in some
implementations, like Navigator 4’s reluctance to apply a
background to the entire content area of an element, these are very
widely used properties. Their popularity isn’t too hard to
understand, either, since color is one easy way to distinguish the
look of one page from another.
CSS allows for a great deal more in the way of element styling, however: borders that can be placed on any element, extra margins and padding, and even a way to “float” elements other than images. These are all covered in the next chapter.