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Creating Accessible Web Sites Tutorial

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Why Use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)?

Most organizations addressing accessibility in web design, such as the World Wide Web Consortium, recommend that you separate layout (the structure or presentation of a page) from the content.

We recommend using an external CSS to control appearance and style without sacrificing accessibility. An external CSS is a simple text file, with the extension .css, that includes specifications of how different elements within an HTML page should appear.

There are four main benefits to CSS:

  • text on a page is completely accessible for blind users because formatting code doesn’t get mixed up with content
  • pages load faster because they don’t have to load font, color, and other descriptions for text
  • visitors to your site can link to their own style sheets to satisfy their own special needs
  • you can make global changes to a site quickly and easily

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