You can view CSS as merely a way of applying a "coat of paint" to the UI, but that misses the point, because...
Architecture and Styling are linked
... at least in our minds. Thus, our understanding and description of information are often based on
CSS is the "semantic tagging" tool by which we identify Information Architecture.
- it gives meaning to design elements
- allowing for "self awareness", automation and sharing
IA gives weight and credibility to Cascading Stylesheets.
CSS is the "presentational styling" tool by which we engineer a CSS StyleGuide.
- it is a flexible presentation platform
- allows for easy personalization and a customized view
CSS gives expression and traction to Information Architecture.
UxP is the infrastructure of information at the point of presentation
The Data-Driven Environment
Meaningful content integration
Business Intelligence engines
...the importance of "Plays well with others"
My perspective view of information content is not just defined for me, it is defined by me.
Who owns my information?
How am I not a publisher?
The Semantic Web
The vocabulary of meaning. ..