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Flexibility Crucial to CSS Success 21 April 2010

Posted by schmeslie in Development, Reflection.

In researching my piece on Cascading Style Sheets I found that the flexibility they enables may be the key for their resounding popularity. CSS gives designers and end-users the power to do what they want, simply and quickly. Before CSS a tedious amount of coding was required by the designer to ensure a desired outcome. This over engineered code left complicated legacy files and compromised end users ability to alter as they need.

WordPress is another example of flexibility leading to success. As a free program, WordPress was bound to draw early adopters, but it is the over-arching adaptability that makes the program the premier platform for bloggers. WordPress.org offers hosting for simple blogs but as an “open source” software it also allows unending opportunities for seasoned users. The ease at which design and themes can be changed ensures content creators deliver current and relevant information as audience’s needs and interests change.

Through development of user friendly and flexible programs more people every day are creating content and, therefore, more engaged in the world around them.  With the benefit of flexibility that CSS and WordPress offer, I’m certain that number will continue to climb.



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