A regular stylesheet lets you store styles for general content in your project, including tables, to control how that content looks. A table stylesheet, on the other hand, is used only for tables. See About Table Stylesheets.
When you open a regular stylesheet, it is displayed in the Stylesheet Editor, which allows you to use either an Advanced or a Simplified view when working with topic styles.
Simplified The Simplified view displays styles in a grid view and is often best for brand new users.More Information
This view provides an easy way to apply properties to styles, with format options available from a toolbar and dialogs (similar to the way one would use an interface such as Microsoft Word). In some cases, only the most common property options are available in the Simplified view (e.g., font, letter/word spacing, paragraph alignment/indentation, autonumbering format, borders, background). One advantage of the Simplified view is that you can apply a property to multiple styles at the same time. You can also click a check box to hide the properties in the editor, allowing you to see only the styles.
Advanced The Advanced view displays styles in a tree structure, and despite the name, is user friendly for authors of all levels.More Information
For the properties, you can toggle between a grouped display and an alphabetical display. The Advanced view of the Stylesheet Editor allows you to edit more settings than are available in the Simplified view. In addition, the Advanced view lets you see and apply settings to multiple mediums and media queries at the same time.
You can also work on a stylesheet in the Internal Text Editor. This is usually the preferred method for advanced users of CSS.
Following are the primary tasks associated with regular stylesheets.
Create a New Stylesheet The first task for using styles in your topics is to add a new stylesheet if necessary. However, if a stylesheet was already included in the template when you created the project, you can use that one instead of creating a new one.
- Create Selectors A selector is a way to associate HTML content with style settings based on various information—most often its type, class, or ID. Sometimes the word "selector" is used interchangeably with the term "style," but a selector can be much more than just a simple style. When you create a new stylesheet, it already has many selectors in it. If necessary, you can create new selectors of varying levels of complexity.
See Creating Selectors.
- Edit Styles You can edit styles contained in a regular stylesheet to quickly change the look of your content.
Apply a Style to Content The final step is to apply styles to the content in your project. This is probably the style task you will perform most frequently.
See Applying Styles to Content.