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Problem linking to external CSS file


SteveHoffmanUK
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New to HTML/CSS, very impressed by W3Schools tutorials and hoping to free myself from WYSIWYG authoring tool. But, am having a problem getting my external CSS to work. Using Firefox 2.0 in Linux (Ubuntu), if that's relevant.Have set up file parishmagstyle.css, which contains this code:

<html><head><style type="text/css">body {background-image:url('parishmagbackground.gif')}{background-color: yellow}</style></head><body></body></html>

This CSS file is located in the same directory as my html file, index.html, which contains this code:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd"><html><head><title>Whitchurch Parish Magazine</title><link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="parishmagstyle.css" /></head><body></body></html>

The background image file parishmagbackground.gif is also in the same directory as the above two files.I have tried putting the background-image statement directly in the index.html file, and it works fine, so I know that the .gif image itself is OK. I have tried inserting a background-color statement in my parishmagstyle.css file and it doesn't take either. It seems clear to me that the link to my external stylesheet isn't working, but I cannot see why. It's probably something obvious, possibly to do with my file addressing, but this newbie has run out of ideas.Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong?

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I found I had to put a / beforethe file path to get it to work in my website. But i'm sure someone more experienced will tell you something different.

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From the information you provide, I would think that this is all that you should have in the css file:

body {background-image:url('parishmagbackground.gif');background-color: yellow;}

The html, head, style and body tags are for the html file only, and don't belong in the css file.

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From the information you provide, I would think that this is all that you should have in the css file:
body {background-image:url('parishmagbackground.gif');background-color: yellow;}

The html, head, style and body tags are for the html file only, and don't belong in the css file.

jlhaslip: It worked - thanks very much. I knew it must be something pretty basic! :)
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And so the problem is solved before I could even see it :)

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