Styling Best Practices Overview
The best practices recommend that web developers use CSS technologies as the primary way to style content rather than using inline markup elements to style text, inline images for spacing or decoration, and tables for layout. By using structured markup and CSS to style the structure, web developers will create web sites that are easier to maintain and create. The use of inline styling markup, inline images and tables for layout requires extensive editing to make changes and verify consistency with similar content. Using structured markup with CSS makes it much easier to have consistent and complete styling as new pages are built and existing pages modified, as the author does not need to view or edit the inline markup. This also makes pages much smaller and therefore faster to load than pages weighed down with extensive inline styling markup.