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Derek Read

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The custom CSS file you are editing should be delivered with the HTML files that are output by the DITA OT and will be referenced in the HTML using a element so that browsers can find and open it. It is up to you to decide what CSS settings you wish to include in this CSS file. When you open the HTML with a browser the browser will use whatever default settings it has built-in for HTML elements and attributes and then add your CSS to those (basically as overrides).

The DITA OT inserts the following into the HTML by default:

You may wish to look for information on how the various browsers support for referencing CSS files. All the modern browsers support this but you may have special cases.