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How CSS originated out of the early-90s browser wars

and several competing stylesheet language proposals

     
1:20 am on Jul 5, 2016 (gmt 0)

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https://eager.io/blog/the-languages-which-almost-were-css/ [eager.io]

The Languages Which Almost Became CSS

When HTML was announced by Tim Berners-Lee in 1991 there was no method of styling pages. How given HTML tags were rendered was determined by the browser, often with significant input from the user’s preferences. It seemed, however, like a good idea to create a standard way for pages to ‘suggest’ how they might prefer to be rendered stylistically.

But CSS wouldn’t be introduced for five years, and wouldn’t be fully implemented for ten. This was a period of intense work and innovation which resulted in more than a few competing styling methods which just as easily could have become the standard.
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That was fun, thanks! Recalling the first forays into styling seems to recall more moss than light. Great look at how we inched toward where we are now; the hows, whys and people who influenced changes. I have wondered where we would have ended up across the globe without the early work that led to the w3 organization.

This post reminded me to add a new link to our Resources List in the forum Charter: [webmasterworld.com...] where additional CSS history is summarized - the new resource is W3C's online training site (in several languages) at [w3devcampus.com...]
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I remember trying to satisfy every browser with their unique tags to get a uniform look. Pain in the arse it was. Remember "blink" in Netscape? Fun times :)
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To this day we say <style type = "text/css"> even though, as it turns out, there is no other type of style.

Remember "blink"

Or "marquee".
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Hey look. The old tags still work!

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My eyes, my eyes!
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Funny Bill.
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That's great Bill Too Funny