There are several issues you should
consider before, during, and after you use styles in your web
documents and document collections. The first, overarching issue is
whether to use them at all. Frankly, few of the style effects are
unique; most can be achieved, albeit less easily and with much less
consistency, via the physical and content-based style tags (e.g.,
the various tag attributes (e.g.,
Although we strongly urge you to learn and use CSS2 style sheets for your documents, we realize that creating style sheets is an investment of time and energy that pays off only in the long run. Designing a style sheet for a one- or two-page document is probably not time-effective, particularly if you won’t be reusing the style sheet for any other documents. In general, however, we believe the choice is not if you should use CSS2 style sheets, but when.
Once you have decided to use cascading style sheets (for pain or pleasure), the next question is which type of style sheet — inline, document-level, or external — you should ...