W3C PR-CSS2-19980324

Cascading Style Sheets, level 2

W3C Proposed Recommendation 24-Mar-1998
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Bert Bos <bbos@w3.org>
Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@w3.org>
Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>


This specification defines Cascading Style Sheets, level 2 (CSS2). CSS2 is a style sheet language that allows authors and users to attach style (e.g., fonts, spacing, and aural cues) to structured documents (e.g., HTML documents and XML applications). By separating the presentation style of documents from the content of documents, CSS2 simplifies Web authoring and site maintenance.

CSS2 builds on CSS1 (see [CSS1]) and all valid CSS1 style sheets are valid CSS2 style sheets. CSS2 supports media-specific style sheets so that authors may tailor the presentation of their documents to visual browsers, aural devices, printers, braille devices, handheld devices, etc. This specification also supports content positioning, downloadable fonts, table layout, features for internationalization, automatic counters and numbering, and some properties related to user interface.

Status of this document

This document is currently undergoing review by the members of the World Wide Web Consortium. It is a stable document derived from a series of working drafts produced over the last year as deliverables of the Style Sheets activity. Details of this review have been distributed to Member's representatives. Comments by non-Members should be sent to www-style@w3.org.

The review period will end on 21 April, 1998 at 24:00 GMT. Within 14 days from that time, the document's disposition will be announced: it may become a W3C Recommendation (possibly with minor changes), or it may revert to Working Draft status, or it may be dropped as a W3C work item.

As a Proposed Recommendation, this document does not imply any endorsement by the Consortium's staff or Member organizations.

Available formats

The CSS2 specification is available in the following formats:

a plain text file:
HTML as a gzip'ed tar file:
HTML as a zip file (this is a '.zip' file not an '.exe'):
as well as a gzip'ed PostScript file:
and a PDF file:

In case of a discrepancy between the various forms of the specification, the HTML version is considered the definitive version.

Available languages

The English version of this specification is the only normative version. However, for translations in other languages see http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/PR-CSS2-19980324/translations.html.

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