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Developing with Web Standards by John Allsopp

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Chapter Twelve: CSS3 and the Future of CSS

CSS Reloaded

The specifications for CSS1 and CSS2 emerged from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in quick succession in the latter half of the 1990s. By the early years of the following decade—and particularly with the 2001 release of IE6—browser makers and web developers had widely adopted and implemented the entirety of the CSS1 specification, along with the positioning aspects of CSS2. Bad development practices such as the use of presentational HTML elements such as <font> and of tables for page layout have nevertheless persisted, but they continue to decline as the message of web standards permeates the web development profession.

After 2001, the browser landscape largely stayed the same for ...

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