As a group, we became very excited by the power of css files to create flexibility and beauty in web development. Some of us created a css project, based on our RESEARCH:HELP site, to explore this file format further. Compare these different design styles for the same site.
We based our project on the css Zen Garden website, which is dedicated to exploring the artistic side of web development through experimenting with css. Following is a quote from the site to help explain:
"CSS allows complete and total control over the style of a hypertext document. The only way this can be illustrated in a way that gets people excited is by demonstrating what it can truly be, once the reins are placed in the hands of those able to create beauty from structure. To date, most examples of neat tricks and hacks have been demonstrated by structurists and coders. Designers have yet to make their mark. This needs to change." (http://www.csszengarden.com/)
Css is an acronym for 'cascading style sheets', a type of computer file that functions like algebra for html. All formatting information is contained in the css file, which is then linked to specific data for each html page on the site. This strategy provides uniformity to the website and flexibility to the web developer.