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CSS CSS Basics (2014) Getting Started with CSS Inline and Internal Styles

Staclin Patterson
Staclin Patterson
3,105 Points

Why is it necessary to add a space between a property and it's values?

Just out of curiosity I was wondering why it was necessary to add a space between a property and its value(s)? Example: {font-size: 20px;} Is it just to make the code easier to read, or does it serve a functional purpose?

4 Answers

Jason Anders
Jason Anders
Treehouse Moderator 145,858 Points

Hi Staclin,

No, in this case, it's just to make the code easier to read. Though you could eliminate the space, the convention in CSS is to have the space. But, for the most part, whitespace doesn't matter in CSS.

Keep Coding! :) :dizzy:

You can find the importance of whitespace in a few programming languages like python and some others (some esoteric languages are even based on whitespaces). But HTML and CSS is not a whitespace sensitive language. (Moreover, HTML and CSS are not technically programming languages either...)

Therefore, as stated, it makes the code easier to read. (You need to minify and remove all the unnecessary characters and spaces in the code before deploying anyway).

Happy coding. :clap::clap:

As stated above; for readability. You may have to return to your code eventually, and the easier it is to spot them, the easier it is to debug.