What's the difference between inline, embedded, and external styles?
Author: Deron Eriksson
Description: This is a short CSS example demonstrating the difference between inline, embedded, and external styles.
Tutorial created using: Windows XP

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For convenience, here is an HTMLW document that contains all of the above code:


<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
<title>Style Test</title>
<style type="text/css">
p#embeddedExample { 
	background: orange;
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="external-styles.css" />
<p id="inlineExample" style="background: yellow">Inline style example</p>
<p id="embeddedExample">Embedded style example</p>
<p id="externalExample">External style example</p>

Here is the external stylesheet that this document references:


p#externalExample {
	background: aqua;

Here is the displayed output of the style-test.html document:

display of style-test.html
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