When Should You Use a Reset CSS Sheet

It is amazing to me how many times people build web sites and start to create the style sheets and such only to find out that something quirky happens depending upon the browser you are using.  What if I told you that it might not have anything to do with your styles? Let me state the obvious, “There is no browser out there including same browser with different versions that act the same.  In other words, you can build a style sheet that encompasses all your needs and it still does not work.  Before you start to get angry or frustrated with your style sheet I would add one more style sheet.  It is a reset style sheet.  There is Eric Meyer’s and Normalize.css.  I prefer to use Normalize it seems to work the best for me.  This assures that you are starting with a base browser that has everything the same as another browser.  The other reason to use a reset.css is to prevent the browser from dictating to you what it will look like.  You should want full control over your site.  Once you do that, then try your cross browser support and if it still doesn’t work then you can get upset.

If you want to read more about resetting css, including when should you and why should you then check out this article.

Note:  It has been my philosophy to add the reset css sheet from the beginning and then make changes as necessary.

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I live in the historical triangle of Virginia where I am married with two daughters. I have spent over 13 years working for a Fortune 500 company in the computer area. I started in VB 6.0 and by the time I ended my employment I was supervising a development team where we built many web applications. When my first daughter was born I wanted to spend more time with her so I left and became a programmer analyst for local government as well as launch my own company. Since then I have grown James River Webs into a profitable web design and application company helping small businesses create a big presence on the internet. As an employee I have created web application used by citizens and other companies. I enjoy fly fishing, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy learning new approaches and development tools when it comes to developing applications.

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