Before CSS came along, web designing and development was a lot more complicated. One example is how a font would appear on the page. A designer would have to encode how he would like the font to appear on each and every page. That is not too much of a problem with websites that only have a handful of pages. The problem becomes a bit more complicated when it comes to websites that has hundreds and sometimes even thousands of pages. That can be a real challenge to the designer.
The Convenience of Using CSS
With the Cascading Style Sheet it is no longer necessary to define the font on each page with the appropriate code. All that you have to do is to use the appropriate property of CSS and define what effect that you want to stick for the font. That would cover the whole document or portions of it that you indicate.
The use of CSS has made the life and the job of a designer a lot simpler and easier. Its use would allow him to save a great deal of time.
The Use of CSS Editors
CSS Editors are editors that are meant solely for the purpose of creating Cascading Style Sheets. Designers need them so that they can change the codes on an appropriate platform. While the basic notepad can be used for that purpose, it lacks the features that the most basic CSS editor has to offer.
Picking a Good
One thing that you should keep in mind is that editors might not work on all operating systems. CSS editors for Windows for example might not work with Mac. So one of the more important things to consider when you are picking an editor that you can start working with is the operating system that you have. There are some editors out there that would work across platforms but you still have to be sure before you start to download and install anything.
Consider the Features
Another thing to think about when picking an editor that you can use is the set of features that you can get. Some editors have a very basic set of features while others have a more complicated set. Here are some of the more important features that you should look for in an editor:
- Support for various positioning
- A validator
- The capability to work on multiple documents
- Color coding
- An auto-completion feature
A validator is a feature that allows you to check how codes would work on certain platforms. That would allow you to correct mistakes before you apply it. The capability on working with multiple documents is another essential thing especially for those working on large websites. A color coding feature would let you see the different codes that you are working on. Finally the auto-completion feature will complete the code for you letting you save some time.
These are just some of the things that you need to look for in a CSS editor.