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<Table of ContentsAbout the CSS2 Specification>
Last updated: Fri, 18 Aug 2006

W3C REC-CSS2-19980512

Cascading Style Sheets, level 2
CSS2 Specification

W3C Recommendation 12-May-1998
This version:
Latest version:
Previous version:
Bert Bos <bbos@w3.org>
Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@w3.org>
Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>


This specification defines Cascading Style Sheets, level 2 (CSS2). CSS2 is a style sheet language that allows authors and users to attach style (e.g., fonts, spacing, and aural cues) to structured documents (e.g., HTML documents and XML applications). By separating the presentation style of documents from the content of documents, CSS2 simplifies Web authoring and site maintenance.

CSS2 builds on CSS1 (see [CSS1]) and, with very few exceptions, all valid CSS1 style sheets are valid CSS2 style sheets. CSS2 supports media-specific style sheets so that authors may tailor the presentation of their documents to visual browsers, aural devices, printers, braille devices, handheld devices, etc. This specification also supports content positioning, downloadable fonts, table layout, features for internationalization, automatic counters and numbering, and some properties related to user interface.

Status of this document

This document has been reviewed by W3C Members and other interested parties and has been endorsed by the Director as a W3C Recommendation. It is a stable document and may be used as reference material or cited as a normative reference from another document. W3C's role in making the Recommendation is to draw attention to the specification and to promote its widespread deployment. This enhances the functionality and interoperability of the Web.

A list of current W3C Recommendations and other technical documents can be found at http://www.w3.org/TR.

Public discussion of CSS features takes place on www-style@w3.org.

Available formats

The CSS2 specification is available in the following formats:

a plain text file:
HTML as a gzip'ed tar file:
HTML as a zip file (this is a '.zip' file not an '.exe'):
as well as a gzip'ed PostScript file:
and a PDF file:

In case of a discrepancy between the various forms of the specification, http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/REC-CSS2-19980512 is considered the definitive version.

Available languages

The English version of this specification is the only normative version. However, for translations in other languages see http://www.w3.org/Style/css2-updates/translations.html.


The list of known errors in this specification is available at http://www.w3.org/Style/css2-updates/REC-CSS2-19980512-errata.html. Please report errors in this document to css2-editors@w3.org.

Copyright  ©  1998 W3C (MIT, INRIA, Keio ), All Rights Reserved.

<Table of ContentsAbout the CSS2 Specification>
Last updated: Fri, 18 Aug 2006