Alternative style sheets

Specifying alternative style sheets in a web page provides a way for users to see multiple versions of a page, based on their needs or preferences.


Firefox lets the user select the stylesheet using the View > Page Style submenu. Internet Explorer also supports this feature (beginning with IE 8), also accessed from View > Page Style. Chrome requires an extension to use the feature (as of version 48). The web page can also provide its own user interface to let the user switch styles.

Firefox 允许用户通过菜单栏中 查看 > 页面样式 选择样式表。Internet Explorer 也支持这一功能(从 IE8 开始)(菜单栏 查看 > 页面样式)。网页也可提供自己的用户界面让用户

在 Firefox 和 Internet Explorer(从 IE8(6?)开始)中,用户可以通过菜单栏中的 查看 > 页面样式 来选择网页的样式。网页也可以提供选择样式的界面。

An example: specifying the alternative stylesheets


The alternate stylesheets are commonly specified using a <link> element with rel="alternate stylesheet" and title="..." attributes. For example:

一般使用<<link>>指定可替换样式表。在这个标签中指定rel="alternate stylesheet" 属性和 title="..."属性

<link href="reset.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

  title="Default Style" />
  rel="alternate stylesheet"
  title="Fancy" />
  rel="alternate stylesheet"
  title="Basic" />

In this example, the styles "Default Style", "Fancy", and "Basic" will be listed in the Page Style submenu, with "Default Style" pre-selected. When the user selects a different style, the page will immediately be re-rendered using that style sheet.

在此例中,“页面样式”菜单中会出现“Default Style”、“Fancy”和“Basic”的选项。“Default Style”默认选中。如果用户选择一个不同的样式,浏览器就使用用户选择的样式。

No matter what style is selected, the rules from the reset.css stylesheet will always be applied.

无论用户选择何种样式,reset.css 总会被应用。


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Any stylesheet in a document falls into one of the following categories:

  • Persistent (no rel="alternate", no title=""): always applies to the document.
  • Preferred (no rel="alternate", with title="..." specified): applied by default, but disabled if an alternate stylesheet is selected. There can only be one preferred stylesheet, so providing stylesheets with different title attributes will cause some of them to be ignored. See Correctly Using Titles With External Stylesheets for a more detailed discussion.
  • Alternate (rel="alternate stylesheet", title="..." must be specified): disabled by default, can be selected.

When style sheets are referenced with a title attribute on the <link rel="stylesheet"> or <style> element, the title becomes one of the choices offered to the user. Style sheets linked with the same title are part of the same choice. Style sheets linked without a title attribute are always applied.

Use rel="stylesheet" to link to the default style, and rel="alternate stylesheet" to link to alternative style sheets. This tells the browser which style sheet title should be selected by default, and makes that default selection apply in browsers that do not support alternate style sheets.


HTML Standard
# rel-alternate
HTML Standard
# the-link-is-an-alternative-stylesheet
HTML Standard
# attr-style-title
HTML Standard
# attr-meta-http-equiv-default-style
CSS Object Model (CSSOM)
# css-style-sheet-collections


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