HTML and CSS Reference
switching between style sheets
Style sheets can be classified as persistent, preferred, and alternate. A persistent
style sheet is the default style sheet and is always active. It has a rel attribute value of
stylesheet and does not have a title attribute. A preferred style sheet is identical to a
persistent style sheet except that it does contain a title attribute. The presence of the
title attribute allows browsers to turn preferred style sheets on and off. An alternate
style sheet has a rel attribute value of alternate stylesheet and is also identified by its
title attribute. Alternate style sheets are not turned on by default, but users can switch
to them as alternates to the preferred style sheet.
Style sheet switchers are built into some browsers by allowing users to select alternate
style sheets from a menu of style sheet options. Opera, for example, has a built-in com-
mand to allow users to select their style sheet options. Firefox, on the other hand, pro-
vides an add-on to enable this functionality. Other browsers, such as Internet Explorer,
do not provide a method for choosing alternate style sheets in place of preferred sheets.
disable the alternate style sheets when a page is initially loaded by a browser. This can
be done either by running a for loop that goes through all of the link elements in the
document and sets the disabled property of the alternate style sheet links to true , or
by adding the disabled attribute to the <link> tags in the HTML file. You'll choose the
second approach for Norene's document.
You'll add link elements referencing the print.css and largetext.css style sheets to
Norene's document now, making them alternate style sheets. You'll also add a title
attribute to the link element for the hdo.css style sheet to change it from a persistent
style sheet to a preferred style sheet.