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World Wide Web Consortium Announces CSS1 Test Suite

The World Wide Web Consortium this week announced the release of a test suite designed specifically for the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) language.

CSS is the style sheet language that specifies how Web pages are presented. The benefits of using CSS1 include shorter documents which are downloaded faster, more attractive and accessible Web pages, and easier site management. The W3C's CSS1 Test Suite will enable software developers to improve the support for CSS1 in their products. The suite will also allow Web developers to check the level of CSS1 support in their browsers.

The Test Suite is the first such tool to accompany a W3C Recommendation and shows that the W3C is developing specifications as well as making tools which encourage "interoperable implementations" of the specifications they recommend.

The test suite features nearly 100 pages which document all of the sections of the CSS specification. The pages indicate how each of the various CSS features should be rendered by the Web browser.

The W3C has already started working on a test suite for CSS2, the latest level of CSS.