Making the most out of Cascading Style Sheets

The Limits of CSS

CSS cannot reproduce all the features found in a word processor. If you have an elaborate layout, such as a brochure, you may be better off working in a word processor and then publishing in PDF, a format that can handle complex design. You can also add charts and diagrams as images. Even if it proves possible to reproduce a complex layout in CSS, the amount of effort and testing required is likely to be a burden.

CSS is designed for large bodies of text laid out in a regular column – in other words, articles and books. For such purposes, CSS provides the tools for a surprisingly sophisticated layout, especially when you take the time to study what is available.

The Author

Bruce Byfield is a computer journalist and a freelance writer and editor specializing in free and open source software. In addition to his writing projects, he also teaches live and e-learning courses. In his spare time, Bruce writes about Northwest coast art. You can read more of his work at

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