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Cascading Style Sheets Level 2 (CSS2)

Definition - What does Cascading Style Sheets Level 2 (CSS2) mean?

Cascading Style Sheets Level 2 (CSS2) is the second version of cascading style sheets developed by W3C. It's a declarative language used to enhance the hyperextensive text markup language. CSS2 is a subset of Cascading Style Sheets Level 1 and has enhanced capabilities like:
  • Media types concept
  • Aural style sheets
  • Features for internationalization
  • Extended font selection
  • Automatic numbering and generated content
  • Cursors
  • Dynamic outlines
  • Capability to control content overflow, clipping
  • Absolute, fixed and relative positioning
  • Extended selector mechanism
Currently, W3C does not provide any CSS2 recommendations. CSS2 have backward compatibility, so all valid CSS1 is also valid CSS2.

Techopedia explains Cascading Style Sheets Level 2 (CSS2)

Compared to CSS1, which was short and concise, CSS2 was voluminous. CSS2 has the following main features:
  • Aural Style Sheets: New style properties for defining the aural style sheet for documents.
  • Paging:Definition of how pages need to be displayed or printed. This made cropping, registering marks and other layout features possible.
  • Media Types: Different style rules for different types of media was introduced in CSS2.
  • International Accessibility Features: More list styles were available for international documents. This included bidirectional text support as well as language sensitive quotation marks.
  • Font: More fonts were defined and available for use.
  • Positioning: CSS2 introduced the relative, absolute positioning and the placement determination within a document. This really helped the continuous media.
  • Cursors: CSS2 defined the manner in which the cursor would respond to various actions.
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