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Early versions of HTML regulated only the logical structure of a document. The external look of a web document was an entire responsibility of a browser. Webmasters' desire to improve the look of web pages plus the competition between Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer had born some tags like font face, which were not included into HTML official specification. Guys from W3C became afraid of possible anarchy in Internet, and soon invented styles. There appeared the specification of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).
To read about styles you can here:
Unfortunately, to use styles in full volume is still dangerous. The old versions of browsers if even support styles, but do it not quite correctly.
On the other hand, the advantages of the technology are undoubtful. First, as to me, the use of CSS made it possible to maintain the unified style for entire site not treating every page separately. This is quite an aesthetics. Second, if it is necessary to alter the decor of a site, it can be done simply modifying a file with .css extension.
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