O'Reilly.net: Tap the Power of Mozilla's User Style Sheets
Jul 01, 2000, 16:40 (0 Talkback[s])
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"If you look at this link: (http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS1),
you'll find a section that talks about a User Agent. This is
another way of referring to your browser. CSS specifies that all
User Agents should have a default style sheet that displays
elements in some routine manner, which can act as a basis for
displaying web content."
"Mozilla takes this concept of a User Agent a step further
and allows a style sheet for each profile you use. ... Before
I go into some detail as to how to set up and use user style
sheets, I'd like to take a moment and give you some idea as to what
they can do. ... User style sheets give you a centralized way
to try out new style rules -- without even knowing where in the
world that visual element is stored, or even if it's XUL or HTML
that is affected. Here are some examples:
- Force all links on web pages to be underlined, even if the site
author styled them differently.
- Shrink all images to 10X10 pixels until you move your mouse
over them (a simple "banner ad filter").
- Cause Mozilla's drop-down menus to be semi-transparent -- like
Apple's OS X.
- Change the background color of your Mozilla chrome.
- Test out potential skin changes without having to create a new
- Test out XBL changes without having to edit existing XBL
- Share company-wide style information within a work-group (make
the browser look similar to everyone in that group).
- Change the "throbber" based on which web site you are in.
- Debug your XUL code by creating CSS that outline elements you
- Create a remote style sheet on a server and inherit it on
multiple browsers (using @import).
- Create your own look and feel for any web site you wish!"
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