[thelist] browsers render... for particular medium! Nominal (template?) style sheet, etc.

Techwatcher techwatcher at accesswriters.com
Mon Jun 10 03:25:01 CDT 2002

First, if you navigate to the w3 (World Wide Web consortium; sorry,
it's late & I'm too tired to look it up right now) you will find their
whole specification on CSS. Within the CSS2 spec, download their file
Appendix A (titled something like AppendixA.html?), which is a COMPLETE
sample style sheet. Specifically, it is the style sheet they recommend
HTML 4.0 browsers use while rendering. So it makes a good default, or a
starting place, for anyone who wants a starting point to build a
slightly different one.

Second, Tina, don't worry about not using <EM> tags, etc. Remember that
browsers RENDER elements and attribute values for their medium. Using
CSS you CAN declare a medium, but don't need to (usually). For example,
a speaking browser has to know to add the appropriate vocal inflection
for <EM> (or whatever). So you don't have to specify the relative term
for each different medium (although you can; the capability is there).
Relax, use good (i.e., functional) coding, and you won't have
accessibility issues because the browser's programmers already took
care of that.

Cheers --
Carol Stein
techwatcher at accesswriters.com

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